Plants do not only feed and grow, but breathe, communicate to each other, react to changes in their surrounding environment, move and even feel emotions. Most of all, with their uniquely complex nature, they offer us innovative social relationship and organisational models.
In this book, the story of the plant world flows between the past and the future, between history and ecology, with a fascinating narrative style and compelling tale of scientific discovery.
Botanica - Viaggio nell'universo vegetale is part of the collection International Lectures on Nature and Human Ecology. A series of editions that offer the possibility of focusing, with the help of scientists, naturalists and philosophers, on the system of relationships that links man and nature. It is, in fact, increasingly obvious that evolution is not possible without nature, and it is exactly in the context of the new science, qualitative and probabilistic, that the undeniable value of natural as opposed to synthetic production and genetic modification is strengthened. The purpose of this collection is to give voice to the avant-garde lines of thought that deal with these subjects in an international perspective. It intends to help us understand a little more of the relationship between our species and the environment in which we live and therefore to help blaze the trail towards a future different from what we now glimpse in the horizon.
Stefano Mancuso, professor at the University of Florence, is in charge of the International Laboratory of Plant Neurobiology (LINV).
He is a founding member of the International Society for Plant Signaling & Behavior, and is a tenured professor at the Accademia dei Georgofili. He is the author of many scientific texts and has had hundreds of articles published in international journals.