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Scientists create electronic 'cyborg' roses

By T.K. Randall
November 21, 2015 · Comment icon 10 comments

Could 'cyborg' plants become commonplace in the future ? Image Credit: CC BY-SA 3.0 Angelynn
The flowers, which are still very much alive, have tiny electronic circuits threaded through them.
The brainchild of researchers at Linköping University in Sweden, the peculiar cyberplants were created through the introduction of tiny electronic polymers which then self-assemble inside.

It took the team over a decade to get it right - not least because every electronic ingredient they tried to introduce turned out to have a flaw which had a negative effect on the plant.

They eventually succeeded with a variant of the organic polymer poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene).
The researchers believe that this technique could one day make it possible to monitor and control flowers by, for example, telling them to bloom or to release hormones at certain times.

"If we combine the sensors with delivery devices, we could make a neuronal system to record and sense and regulate the physiology of the plant," said study co-author Magnus Berggren.

Whether such a system will ever find its way in to food crops however remains to be seen.

Source: Live Science | Comments (10)

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Comment icon #1 Posted by ouija ouija 9 years ago
This is MADNESS! Complete and utter madness. Seriously, have these people got nothing better to do with their time? Have they got no soul? What the hell is the matter with them?!
Comment icon #2 Posted by Sundew 9 years ago
Comment icon #3 Posted by Mikko-kun 9 years ago
You can probably get some medical solutions out of this, but... it's really sad that all these scientific innovations have good potential, but we're still struggling to evolve from "one size for all" -mentality as a species. A mentality that isn't even based on level-headed observation.
Comment icon #4 Posted by GreenmansGod 9 years ago
Maybe it could be used in trees so grow houses out of them. Make future cities look like a forest.
Comment icon #5 Posted by Nnicolette 9 years ago
Ok it had my interest until they mentioned putting it in foodcrops... no thanks please dont feed me robots.
Comment icon #6 Posted by Twin 9 years ago
IMO "remains to be seen" = "for sure"
Comment icon #7 Posted by pallidin 9 years ago
Jeeze, I wonder if anything "natural" will exist in the next few hundred years. Of course there will, but you know what I mean.
Comment icon #8 Posted by Hyades 9 years ago
Every discovery lead to another, surely questionable at times, nevertheless, it's people learning how to mixed technology with Nature, it might have drawback, but that's research! Would it be recommandable Nations block research on technology with Nature? I don't think so, but I may be wrong!
Comment icon #9 Posted by White Unicorn 9 years ago
This is MADNESS! Complete and utter madness. Seriously, have these people got nothing better to do with their time? Have they got no soul? What the hell is the matter with them?! Major problem to florists is getting roses that bloom at the desired time. They can make a lot of money on this and that's what's the matter with them. Sadly they view its easier to become artificial then protect natural environment and life as it is. Soul? What's that? The rose the symbol of the nature's and man's pure and beautiful soul is now corrupted by them and us if we buy them
Comment icon #10 Posted by Sundew 9 years ago
Many sci-fi works introduced the idea of organisms and even space ships that were both organic and technological. One wonders where such a fledgling technology may lead, for good or ill.

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