Scientists want to turn the plant into a cyborg




Scientists want to turn the plant into a cyborg

Many professional gardeners and fans believe that if talk to plants, as for example with any pet, they begin to grow faster. What if plants could we respond? About this question, scientists are busy project “Plants used as sensor devices,” or PLEASED, and trying to create plants cyborgs. And although the technology is unlikely to lead to plants intimate conversations, she can give them the ability to feedback with the environment, making the plant a kind of biosensors.

Like most living organisms, plants also produce electrical signals in response to external stimuli. PLEASED project team believes that by determining which signals are applied to a given stimulus, the plant can be used as a biosensor for measurement of various chemical and physical parameters such as pollution of the environment, temperature, humidity, amount of sunlight, pH and the presence of chemicals within the plant.

In an interview with the project coordinator Andrea Vitaletti believes that although there are already artificial device to measure all these parameters, the plants can get the most cheap, reliable and does not require calibration alternative. They are capable of measuring multiple parameters simultaneously, according to the scientist is both a plus and a minus, as it becomes more difficult to identify and correctly interpret them fed desired electrical signal.

If the electrical signals will decode, then the team is planning to create a small electrical device the size of a paper clip or even less, connect it to the plant and collect signals produced by it. According Vitaletti if to collect signals from different plants growing in the same area and forming a kind of a real network, it will be possible to carry out a clear and precise analysis of their environment.

Scientist says that all of the information base used by plants, and the specifics of stimuli resulting from the actions of these stimuli signals will be provided free access in May 2014, when the project PLEASED complete its work. Vitaletti hoped that other research teams interested in them and will continue to supplement and update the database that ultimately could improve the effectiveness of this technology.

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