Scientists Create Plant That Feeds On Electricity And Grows Wires
Scientists in Sweden have created the world’s first “cyber plant”, an electronically augmented plant that can live off of electricity and grow its own robotic parts.
The scientists at Linkoping University built analogue and digital circuits inside of living flowers using semi-conductive polymers. These polymers were added to water, which once dissolved and aborbed through a rose’s natural vascular system, formed electrical components that resembled wires.
The wires were able to spread evenly through the plant, forming conductive structures up to 10 centimetres long without restricting its ability to carry water and nutrients.By
From there scientists were able to create simple transistors, switching the current through the wires on and off, and also used vacuum infiltration to send another polymer into the rose leaf, creating a basic display with pixels partitioned by veins.