A scientists team from Singapore have recently developed a new technology to interact with plants. The name of the technology is “Robo Plant”.
About the Technology
- The Robo Plant technology helps to control the plants using smart phone applications.
- In future, Robo Plant can be further used to enable farmers to detect diseases in plants. The plants can tell farmers that they are hit by diseases through Robo Plant.
- Scientists achieved in building the technology by linking plants to electrodes. These electrodes were capable of monitoring weak electrical pulses that are naturally emitted by green plants.
How did the scientist build this technology?
Scientists from Singapore used the technology to trigger a Venus flytrap to snap its jaws when a button on a smart phone is pressed. One of the jaws of the plant was then connected to a robotic arm that enabled the contraption to pick up a piece of wire (that was half a milli metre thick) and catch a small falling object.
About Venus Flytrap
The carnivorous plant is native to subtropical wetlands that are located in the East Coast of the USA. It catches prey such as insects with a trapping structure. When the prey touches a hair, the plant prepares to close. The IUCN has put the plant under “Vulnerable” status.
Electrical Signals in Plants
In 1873 and in 1875, Burdon Sanderson and Darwin revealed in the insectivorous plants, Electrical Signals in plants. The Plants exhibit several methods of delivering electrical signals. The 4 commonly used propagation methods are as follows:
- Action Potential
- Local Electric Potential
- Variation Potential
- Systematic Potential
The Plants also have the capability to sense and respond to the environment. They react to chemicals, light, gravity, moisture, infections, oxygen, infection, temperature, parasite infestation, sound, physical disruption and touch.
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