Alice in the Land of Plants

Biology of Plants and Their Importance for Planet Earth

  • Yiannis Manetas

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
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  10. Back Matter
    Pages 343-372

About this book


Why is it that plants do not need to move? How does a nonmotile organism have sex or defend itself? Why are plants asymmetric and not of a fixed size? Why are some plants virtually immortal? Why is cloning a routine matter in the plant kingdom? What is the mechanism that allows plants to exploit a practically inexhaustible extraterrestrial energy source? How do plants regulate the composition of our planet’s atmosphere, its water cycle, the cycle of matter and energy, and ultimately our climate? Why have there not been mass extinctions among plants as there have been among animals? How do plants perceive the animate and inanimate worlds? How do they communicate with one another? In the end, are plants intelligent organisms?

These are some of the questions this book addresses in an attempt to convince readers that contrary to popular – and wrong  – belief, plants are not simple organisms lacking specific behaviour and intelligence and thus are unworthy of our interest. In fact, this book promises to be as pleasant a surprise as Alice’s experience in the white rabbit’s warren, in which she encountered a world very different from ours.


Ecophysiology Photosynthesis Plant communication Plant defence Plant evolution Plant intelligence Symbiosis

Authors and affiliations

  • Yiannis Manetas
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  1. 1., Department of BiologyUniversity of PatrasPatrasGreece

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