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In 2016 we reported evidence for associative learning in plants (Gagliano et al., 2016). In view of the far-reaching implications of this finding we welcome the attempt made by Markel to replicate our study (Markel, 2020). However, as we discuss here, the protocol employed by Markel was unsuitable for testing for associative learning.

Original publication

DOI

10.7554/eLife.61141

Type

Journal article

Journal

Elife

Publication Date

10/09/2020

Volume

9

Keywords

associative learning, ecology, memory, phototropism, pisum sativum, plant biology, plant growth, replication