The development was based on the structure of the conductive pathways that deliver water and nutrients to various parts of the plant – it is through this network of cells that Swedish scientists from Linköping University have taught the experimental specimen rose to form “channels” inside itself to transmit information.
The flower was placed in an aqueous solution containing a poly – electrically conducting polymer. For two days, the plant absorbed the liquid, and the poly formed chains of electrically conductive molecules in the rose, capable of functioning as a wire and acting as a transmitter of energy and information. In addition, a flower with such a network of “wires” can display data on its leaves under the influence of current.
We got a kind of screen – though slow and monochrome, it functions adequately. For example, the test plant can now change its color in accordance with a change in voltage.
In their experiment, scientists see potential benefits primarily in the search for alternative energy sources through the mechanism of photosynthesis, as well as in agriculture, where plant signals about the quality of soil and water will be very useful.