The scientists needed to lift a small object 1/50 of an inch. To accomplish this task, the Singapore team
The researchers then used a mobile phone to transmit an electrical impulse that caused the flycatcher to grab a tiny piece of wire.
These early experiments seem insignificantbut they are paving the way for plant-based robots, sensors, memristors, ion chains, and plant-based medical devices, according to the researchers.
In particular, the ability to interfere with the electrophysiology of plants using external electrical stimulation opens up new possibilities for the construction of plant communication protocols.
Wenlong Li, staff member, Nanyang Technological University
The team stated that their main goal is to create a physical interface that will allow contact with the plant without affecting its movement or physiology.
Since the internal excitement of the flycatcher is caused byelectrophysiological signals, then artificial interference in the electrophysiology of a plant with the help of external electricity can theoretically modulate its behavior when excited, the authors emphasize.
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