From sound waves and magnetic fields to poisons – plants can sense many things that remain hidden from humans. Stefano Mancuso, a professor at the International Laboratory of Plant Neurobiology in Florence, studies how plants react to environmental influences and interact with each other.

Plants are much more sensitive to threats than animals, says Mancuso, because they cannot run away. In order to survive, they have to sense changes in their environment much earlier in order to react to threats. And this “plant intelligence” could also be of use to humans.

Mancuso explains the ways in which plants sense the world in the video, and he’ll explain how humans can learn from these characteristics at the GDI Trend Day on 14 March.