Plants also have capacity to memorize things. Yes, plants can also memorize.
Researchers revealed that, plants can also memorize things. Plants have some special proteins known as ‘Prions’. According to scientists, plants are having some inbuilt memory mechanism which makes them to memorize things so that they can do seasonal things repeatedly.
Prions are just like Human cells. They change their shape and induce shape change to arrange protein molecules in a specific configuration to memorize things.
“This is the first evidence that a plant protein may self-replicate as a prion – this opens up the possibility of protein-based memories in plants,” said Sohini Chakraborty, who led the research in the laboratory of Susan Lindquist at the Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the US.
It has been taken three years to research over 20,000 plants which led’s to discovery of Prions, special type of protein which work as neurons to form environmental memories. According to various studies-Prions have capability to store information for a long duration of time.
“It is these memories that allow plants to distinguish between a single night of cold and a long winter.” “When we talk about plant memories, we mean the plant that has a memory responds differently to a stimulus compared to a plant that has never experienced this before,” said Can Kayatekin, a post-doctoral associate and a member of the Whitehead-MIT team.