Researchers at Linköping University in Sweden have developed both analog and digital electronic circuits that exist inside living plants, thus creating electronic roses. Their creation has paved the way for a possible future “marriage” between plants and computers.
The research team working at the Laboratory of Organic Electronics at the University of Linköping, was led by Professor Magnus Berggren and Greek scientist Dr Eleni Stavrinidou. Their paper, published in the Science Advances journal, used the vascular system and leaves of roses to create electronic circuits.
Researchers believe that the creation of electronic plants, also known as cyber-plants can have several future applications in the field of bio-electronics. Adding electronic components to plants opens the way to combine electronic signals with the biochemical processes of the plant.
“With integrated and distributed electronics in plants, one can envisage a range of applications including precision recording and regulation of physiology, energy harvesting from photosynthesis, and alternatives to genetic modification for plant optimization,” wrote the team in their paper.