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    Can plants be considered as non living things?


    Have a query about categorisation of plants as non living? Searching for the answer to whether this categorisation is correct? Find advice from experts to all your queries here.

    A non-living thing is one that lacks or has stopped displaying the characteristics of life. Thus, they lack or no longer displaying the capability for growth, reproduction, respiration, metabolism, and movement.As plant have capability of growth and have a capability of reproduction,respiration and metabolism but they don't have movement.
    Can plants can also be consider as a non living thing.
    Knowledgeable members,please respond to the question.
  • #152495
    Plants are living things. This is a known fact and it was proved also. We should not consider them as non-living things. If a person has become old and not able to move can we consider him as a non-living thing? Same is the case here also. Plants are having the capability of growth, reproduction, respiration and metabolism. So they will be considered as living objects only. Science has proved this beyond doubt. A human being can talk and shout. An animal can make sounds with the voice they have. But unfortunately plants have no voice and they can't make sounds. That is the reason, I think human beings are showing their supremacy over these voiceless plants and making merry. But we should not forget that the trees are very silent killers. As you go on killing them they will make your life miserable and a day will come you will not get free oxygen. So we should not ignore these voiceless things and we should enjoy the life by protecting them.
    drrao
    always confident

  • #152496
    Plants are having certain chemical processes which appear as living being but they are different from the animal life. They are a lower life form as compared to the animals. They do not have anything like brain in them. They just grow in presence of sunlight, water and conducive soil. In adverse conditions they simply dry out. They can not move by theirselves.

    So plant life is something between the animal life and no life. The seed of the plant carries all the necessary genetic information and material in it to replicate the plant. That is a great thing because of which plants species are surviving.

    Plants also have gone through the long time in the history of earth and they have also evolved in various ways depending upon the changing environment.

    Knowledge is power.

  • #152497
    There is a difference between the dead & alive & if we could be able to find the difference in between than we have the answer here or in another way The respiratory system can well prove the thing here.

  • #152503
    Plants are living things. This is a known fact and it was proved also. We should not consider them as non-living things. If a person has become old and not able to move can we consider him as a non-living thing? Same is the case here also. Plants are having the capability of growth, reproduction, respiration and metabolism. So they will be considered as living objects only. Science has proved this beyond doubt. A human being can talk and shout. An animal can make sounds with the voice they have. But unfortunately plants have no voice and they can't make sounds. That is the reason, I think human beings are showing their supremacy over these voiceless plants and making merry. But we should not forget that the trees are very silent killers. As you go on killing them they will make your life miserable and a day will come you will not get free oxygen. So we should not ignore these voiceless things and we should enjoy the life by protecting them.
    drrao
    always confident

  • #152518
    All living things grow, breathe, reproduce, excrete, respond to stimuli, and have similar basic needs like nourishment. But since earth formed it is not animal who produced first but as soon as oxygen started forming plants also start growing. So scientist categorized living things as
    Most scientists classify living things into one of the following six kingdoms.
    1. Bacteria are single-celled microorganisms that don't have a nuclear membrane.
    2. Protozoans again are single-celled organisms that are generally much larger than bacteria. They may be autotrophic or heterotrophic.
    3. Chromists are a diverse group of plant-like organisms and range from very small to very large.
    4. Fungi are multicellular and rely on breaking down organic material as they are not able to make their own food.
    5. Plants are multicellular and autotrophic – they use photosynthesis to produce food using sunlight.
    6. Animals are multicellular. They are heterotrophic and rely on other organisms for food.

    Avi
    Life Is Beautiful

  • #152520
    Plants are living things but they do not play with balls or fly. If something is living it will carry out all of the seven activities shown opposite. Some non-living things show one or two of the seven characteristics of living things. Machines such as washing mashines, can move. Plants also take carbon dioxide and gives out oxygen cooperation between living things. Plants make their own food in the presence of water, sunlight and soil. Animals and human beings depend on plants for food.

  • #152530
    Except for example conscious physical movement and shifting places, plants have many characters of life or living beings. Hence plants can be considered as living things only.
    Humans are still not able to prove or disprove about plants communicating. In that regard, humans cannot decode or understand the communication of many other living creatures too.

  • #152532
    Plants are having certain chemical processes which appear as living being but they are different from the animal life. They are a lower life form as compared to the animals. They do not have anything like brain in them. They just grow in presence of sunlight, water and conducive soil. In adverse conditions they simply dry out. They can not move by theirselves.

    So plant life is something between the animal life and no life. The seed of the plant carries all the necessary genetic information and material in it to replicate the plant. That is a great thing because of which plants species are surviving.

    Plants also have gone through the long time in the history of earth and they have also evolved in various ways depending upon the changing environment.

    Knowledge is power.

  • #152551
    Plants are living things and plants do move.

    The opening and closing of flowers, the dropping of leaves at the end of the day.
    The change in direction of the stems, leaves etc towards the light.
    The movement of roots towards the areas which have better water and nutrition
    The spontaneous bursting of pods of some plants to disperse the seeds

    All these are movements related to the plants. Of course, they cannot move like man, animals and birds but they do exhibit movement in their own way.

    For instance, the simple experiments we used to do in school days, placing a plant in a dark box with only one hole or window for light. After a few days, the plant (leaves etc) would face and start growing towards the light source.

    Moving further, we should recollect the experiments of Professor Jagadish Chandra Bose. He invented the 'CRESOGRAPH' an oscillating recorder. He recorded that plants move very small fractions of an inch. He also put forth that plants experience pain and pleasure.(https://www.thebetterindia.com/76587/jagdish-chandra-bose-indian-biophysicist-radio-plant-physiology/).

    Recently there are some articles which suggest that plants are just like us and animals, they have sense like us. It is just too slow and perhaps we should change our perception by not comparing the free movement that is seen by humans to that of plants.(http://www.bbc.com/earth/story/20170109-plants-can-see-hear-and-smell-and-respond).

  • #152554
    Plants are considered as living being as they can grow, respire, reproduce, has sensibility, etc. Our scientist has already proved that plants are sensible. You have told that plants do not have movement but it is wrong, Plants have movement but do not have locomotory organs. So, they cannot change the place like the animals.
    When we classify an organism, we consider many factors. So, if consider the factors we find that most of the characteristics of plants are of living being, hence plants can be considered as living being.

    Honesty is the best policy.

  • #152610
    Plants grow, reproduce, move (although very slowly), eat and drink. Plants also procreate. These have been proved by Sir Jagadish Chandra Bose during the last part of the twentieth century. Recent research has found that plants have emotions and can understand music. So, there is no doubt that plants are living beings.
    Beware! I question everything and everybody.

  • #152613
    Plants are the living creatures and like all the living ones, they produce, grow, having the respiration - system and enjoy food and water. The controversy that the plants lack life was contradicted and Sri Jagdish Chandra Bose could establish the livelihood of the plants by means of his experiment in around 1912.
    He also showed that the plants are very sensible and can feel hot and cold as we human beings feel and they can prepare foods in presence of sun - light. The leaves of some plants like lajwanti can feel sensesation of human - touch and the leaves of the plants get closed on gentle touching showing a unique charecterestic of this plant. Plants can move to some extent and the same was proved by Late Scientist Sri Bose by means of his Cresograph pointing the movement phenomena of plants.
    All the points illustrated above give ample proofs of lives of the plants.

  • #152701
    It is generally accepted that plants and animals are living organisms. Main difference between them is that animals can grow, reproduce and move. Where as plants also can grow and reproduce, but cannot move from one place to another altogether. Indirectly the plants move fixing its roots in one place and allowing the branches to spread around. If a creeper it creeps as it please, mainly for getting Sun light and food. These plants multiply in number through the seeds or cut branches. So the plants have all the properties of a living organism, except ability of moving from one place to another.
    If we look at animals we can see millions of varieties or species. There are several microscopic forms to begin with and very huge forms. There are flying animals which we call as birds. There are creepers. There are fishes and several other creatures which can live only in the water media. Like this millions of animals are there in this planet which include human beings too.
    Whereas non living organisms are there which provide the place and other facilities indirectly to the living organisms, which include animals and plants.

    T.M.Sankaran
    Gold Member ISC


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