Hotwiring a plant??

This is actually really cool- the Swedish group dissolved a polymer block in water and essentially had the rose wick the polymer-water solution wick into the xylem up the stem. “The upshot was that the myriad short polymer chains quickly linked themselves together into continuous strings as long as 10 centimeters.” This length is most likely coming from the disulfide crosslinking that occurs. From then on, they can attach transistors to monitor the voltage coming from the plant. As of now, there is only speculation on what this could be useful for- perhaps if they note a correlation between flowering and the voltage measured, they could possibly control the plant without genetic modification!

How to electrically control a plant


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