I Want to Learn How to Think Beyond Academic Disciplines

Vol.5 2011.03.14 WATANABE Yuichiro

Memories and Record Shown by Plants

March 14, 2011 to March 15, 2011

Ever since plants emerged on earth, they have been changing its environment for billions of years. That enables animals, including ourselves, to live at present. We can see the process as a record and examine whether there was such a record. We can also recognize that in the process of ensuing changes, each species of plant has made innovative uses (variation and selection) of its genes (regulation of expression). I would like to explore with you: When we see plants in this way -- that is, seeing them as record – is there something that amounts to memory? I am looking forward to working with you to find the answer.


I do research on plants, the fact that they live in the earthly environment as well as the mechanisms for their survival, paying attention to genes and RNA molecules..I am not interested in teleology like why trees grow so much as mechanisms such as how they grow.

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