Daniel Chamovitz


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Daniel Chamovitz is Director of the Manna Center for Plant Biosciences at Tel Aviv University in Israel. His career has been marked by groundbreaking discoveries in the biology of plants, with his research published in the leading journals. This is his first book.

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April 1, 2018

“Plant Intelligence” has been greatly debate by plant biologists and philosophers alike [1–9]. Yet throughout this debate, no measure of plant intelligence has been proposed.

Indeed, if plant intelligence exists, it must be quantifiable similar to human intelligence [10].

Towards this end, the Daily Plant introduces the VQ, the "Vegetal Quotient", which will be the plant equivalent o... Read more of this blog post »
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“My grandmother didn’t study plant biology or agriculture. She didn’t even finish high school. But she knew that she could get a hard avocado to soften by putting it in a brown paper bag with a ripe banana. She learned this magic from her mother,”
Daniel Chamovitz, What a Plant Knows: A Field Guide to the Senses

“With his makeshift centrifuge, Knight had applied a force on the seedlings that mimicked gravitation and demonstrated that the roots always grew in the direction of this centrifugal force-while the shoots grew in the opposite direction. Knight's work provided the first experimental corroboration for Duhamel's observations. He showed that roots and shoots respond not only to natural gravity, as Duhamel showed, but also to an artificial gravitational force supplied by his waterwheel-powered centrifuge. But this still didn't explain how a plant could sense gravity.”
Daniel Chamovitz, What a Plant Knows: A Field Guide to the Senses

“In his phototropism experiment, he showed that the tip of a shoot sees the light and transfers this information to its midsection to tell it to bend toward the light. Here, Darwin and his son showed that the tip of the root feels the gravity, even though the bending occurs farther up the root. From this Darwin further hypothesized that the root tip somehow sent a signal up the rest of the root to tell it to grow down with the gravity vector.”
Daniel Chamovitz, What a Plant Knows: A Field Guide to the Senses



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