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My Asian history proffessor told me an Indian scientist named Jagadish Chandra Bose, early in the 20th century, conducted experiments using a device he invented called a crescograph to measure minute changes in plants' physiology when the plants were exposed to various external stimuli. According to my proffessor, the plants' physiological changes proved Bose's claim that plants have a central nervous system. For example, according to my proffessor, Bose injected a plant with ether, an anesthetic, and the plant fell asleep. I haven't been able to find much info on Bose's experiments, but here are some sources: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jagadish_Chandra_Bose http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crescograph http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16359611 In response to several other questions, madsci has claimed plants don't have nervous systems. Do the results of Bose's experiments prove otherwise, or was he mistaken? Do you know anything else about Bose's plant experiments? Also, my proffessor doesn't think a plant should respond to heat if it doesn't have a nervous system. Is he right? What happens physiologically to a plant exposed to heat?
Re: Does Jagadish Chandra Bose's work prove a plant has central nervous system?
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