Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Beautiful Circuits: Dawn of the Cyborg Rose

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Beautiful Circuits: Dawn of the Cyborg Rose

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Researchers at Linkoping University in Sweden have merged electronic circuitry with the vascular system of living plants for the very first time.

"As far as we know, there are no previously published research results regarding electronics produced in plants. No one's done this before," Magnus Berggren, director of the Strategic Research Centre for Organic Bioelectronics and Professor of Organic Electronics at Linkoping University, said in a press release.

The study was performed at the Laboratory of Organic Electronics (LOE) at Linkoping University, which has examined the potential for applying electronics to plants since the 1990s. In 2012, funding from the Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation allowed Dr. Berggren to expand the program's research.

In the study, published Friday in the journal Science Advances, the scientists augmented the photosynthetic process of roses using an electrically conductive polymer solution called PEDOT. …

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