Scientists Unveil Terrifying And Beautiful Cyborg Flower

Behold the Frankenflower!

Researchers in Linköping University in Sweden have created the world’s first electronic cyborg plant.

What the hell is this you ask? Well, it’s basically making plant-based fuel cells that convert its photosynthetic sugars into electricity.

It’s not as terrifying as it sounds, but it IS complex. Its purpose is to sense and display environmental changes around them, as well as produce crops whose growth can be regulated at the flick of a switch. Pretty cool, huh?

Here is the Scientific Advances abstract to show you how it’s all done:

The roots, stems, leaves, and vascular circuitry of higher plants are responsible for conveying the chemical signals that regulate growth and functions. From a certain perspective, these features are analogous to the contacts, interconnections, devices, and wires of discrete and integrated electronic circuits. Although many attempts have been made to augment plant function with electroactive materials, plants’ “circuitry” has never been directly merged with electronics. We report analog and digital organic electronic circuits and devices manufactured in living plants. The four key components of a circuit have been achieved using the xylem, leaves, veins, and signals of the plant as the template and integral part of the circuit elements and functions. 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.

Ok I’m converted, this is pretty damn cool. Now, when do humans get to become cyborged? I’m ready.

[Gizmodo]