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The potential of plant action potentials

Lee, Jonny and Calvo, Paco (2022) The potential of plant action potentials. [Preprint]

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Abstract

The mechanism underlying action potentials is routinely used to explicate the mechanistic model of explanation in the philosophy of science. However, characterisations of action potentials often fixate on neurons, mentioning plant cells in passing or ignoring them entirely. The plant sciences are also prone to neglecting non-neuronal action potentials and their role in plant biology. This oversight is significant because plant action potentials bear instructive similarities to those generated by neurons. This paper helps correct the imbalance in representations of action potentials by offering an overview of the mechanism for plant action potentials and highlighting their similarity to those in neurons. Furthermore, it affirms the role of plant action potentials in discovering the evolution and function of mechanisms of action potentials more broadly. We stress the potential of plants for producing generalisations about action potentials and the possible role of plants as model organisms.


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Item Type: Preprint
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Lee, Jonnyleejonathan.cw@gmail.com0000-0003-4453-2247
Calvo, Pacofjcalvo@um.es0000-0002-6196-7560
Keywords: action potential; plant action potential; plant physiology; mechanism; mechanistic explanation; neuron; nervous system; generalisation; model organism
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Biology
Specific Sciences > Cognitive Science
General Issues > Explanation
Depositing User: Dr Jonny Lee
Date Deposited: 25 Nov 2022 17:10
Last Modified: 25 Nov 2022 17:10
Item ID: 21471
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Biology
Specific Sciences > Cognitive Science
General Issues > Explanation
Date: 2022
URI: https://philsci-archive-dev.library.pitt.edu/id/eprint/21471

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