Science
9:02 am
Fri February 21, 2014

How intelligent are plants? Learn more on Nature, March 26th at 7 pm

Hard core science is effortlessly integrated with a light-hearted look at how plants behave, revealing a world where plants are as busy, responsive and complex as we are. From the stunning heights of the Great Basin Desert to the lush coastal rainforests of west coast Canada, scientist J.C. Cahill takes us on a journey into the “secret world of plants,” revealing an astonishing landscape where plants eavesdrop on each other, talk to their allies, call in insect mercenaries and nurture their young. It is a world of pulsing activity, where plants communicate, co-operate and, sometimes, wage all-out war. So come along for the ride and discover that plants are a lot less passive and a lot more intelligent than you think!

"What Plants Talk About" on Nature airs on Wednesday, March 26th at 7 pm.

Dr. Suzanne Simard, University of British Columbia, looks up at a huge Douglas fir tree, some of which can be 120 metres tall, on the Sunshine Coast of British Columbia.