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Plant Health Electronics

Plant Electronics

Plants are as living as humans and need to be healthy for their proper functioning. By developing sensors that can monitor their health, we can take steps that can improve the yield and quality of bio-products. Sugar is one of the most critical components that dictate health and growth. The desired sensor needs to be minimally invasive and should be able to provide real-time monitoring; simultaneously, being cheap can improve the adaptability and widespread use of the technology.

Eleni Stavrinidou from Linköping University presented the transistor-based health monitor devices that can be interfaced with plants. They can also control their physiology. For example, when plants are stressed in drought-hit areas, the developed bioelectronics devices can release biomolecules that help close their pores to prevent water loss and relieve stress.

With the increased risk of climate change and growing population, these sophisticated tools can help plants increase their productivity.

For more info: Diurnal in vivo xylem sap glucose and sucrose monitoring using implantable organic electrochemical transistor sensors

EQ03.15.03: Organic Bioelectronics for Real Time Monitoring and Dynamic Regulation of Plant Physiology

Image Source: Eleni Stavrinidou

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