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Social Life of Plants

Dr Sukanya Datta

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Completed on 28 September 2022
ISBN : 9788123729381

Sociability is not a word easily associated with plants. However, these first citizens of Earth are amazing life forms with powers to surprise us if only we care enough to shed our prejudices. Plants form alliances, maybe even friendships, with other plants and with animals too. They wage war against enemies, using chemicals to delineate territory which they defend ferociously. They employ mercenaries. They use subtle strategies for survival, recruiting agents to suit their purpose. Secrets of plant life as uncovered by modern science reveal that plants lead lives far from being silently mundane. The word 'extraordinary' would sum it up rather more aptly. This book offers a startling new perspective on the world of plants, presenting an atypical point of view that ignites a sense of wonder as it explores the plant world. 


Great book and highly recommended. Not many people immediately equate plants with sociability. However, these original inhabitants of Earth are incredible life forms with the capacity to wow us if we simply care enough to set aside our preconceptions. Plants create ties, possibly even friendships, with both animals and other plants. They use chemicals to mark out their territory, which they fiercely defend, as they wage war on their adversaries. They make use of hired guns. They employ cunning survival techniques and hire operatives to serve their objectives. Modern science has revealed the inner workings of plant life, and they are far from utterly mundane. The word "extraordinary" might be a better way to describe it. This book presents an unusual point of view that sparks a shocking new perspective on the world of plants.

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