Could plants be sentient?

Sentience, the capacity to feel subjectively, is considered limited to organisms that have a nervous system and a centralized brain. Plants, therefore, have been excluded from this group based on: lack of a transmission mechanism like the animal nervous system; lack of a brain; simplicity; and inability to run away from a threat or to forage. Calvo et al. try to debunk these concepts one by one in this preprint that may be considered more of a philosophical essay. From explaining how the phloem can be considered phytoneurons to how signals are perceived and transmitted through the vascular system and how responses are prioritized by the plant, this ideas presented in this manuscript are very well worth pondering.  (Summary by Gaby Auge) bioRxiv. 10.1101/121731

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