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Plants are a lot than we thought. According to researchers, they are of making intelligent decisions risk. Scientists have discovered that one plant, the pea, can make decisions regarding how to survive best, even though it does not have a brain. Researchers from the UK's Oxford University and Israel's Tel-Hai College grew pea plants that had their separated between two pots. Each pot contained differing of nutrients. One pot always had the same amount, the other pot varied between a lot and a little. The plants turned out to be consistent at diverting their roots to the with the most nutrients.

The research will be published this week in the 'Current Biology' . Researcher Alex Kacelnik said the experiment, "raises a , not about plants, but about animals and humans". He wondered the pea plant might be more efficient in using its limited decision-making than humans. He said: "We have a very brain, but maybe most of the time we're not using it." Professor Kacelnik said he did not think that pea plants were intelligent in the human , but that they exhibited complex to efficiently take advantage of natural . It would be interesting to see how our lives would be different if we adopted strategies.

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