Institute of Evolution and Ecology (EvE)

Can Plants Learn? Pavlovian conditioning without a brain

A most intriguing question in behavioural sciences is whether organisms without a nervous system are capable of learning. We suggest answering this question with the best-known learning example in animals - Pavlovian conditioning - by examining the ability of plants to associate a neutral stimulus with an honest cue. If plants display such learning, this will challenge our perception of plants as insensible beings.

This project is funded by Experiment! from the Volkswagen Foundation

Main Investigators: Michal Gruntman & Katja Tielbörger