Olivier Van Aken, a plant biologist at the University of Western Australia, is often quoted (like here) as saying:
While plants don’t appear to complain when we pinch a flower, step on them, or just brush by them while going for a walk, they are fully aware of this contact and are rapidly responding to our treatment of them,
The use of the term "fully aware" implies the presence of consciousness in plants, and though the quote doesn't say that plants feel pain, articles often use the quote to imply that they do.
- Is there a rebuttal to Van Aken's insistence of plants being "fully aware" of being crushed?
- Has Van Aken stated publicly somewhere that plants don't feel pain?