Plant Sensors Dr. Rich Fletcher, Nikolai Slavov, and Professor Hiroshi Ishii / 2003

Plant Sensors

Plants are very common in our world and and contain a vast amount of information. Although
there are open debates about the intelligence of plants, it is undeniable that
plants have a great ablity to sense and respond to their environment. The electrophysiology
of plants has sparked interest since the late 1800s, but this topic has not been
explored recently in the context of modern information technology and electronic
devices. We are building novel electronic and optical sensors that “take a peek”
inside the biological activity of living plants, and explore their use as low-cost
sensors and thought-provoking educational tools for children and museum exhibits.