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Smart plants: try the bean experiment


Exist intelligent plants? Or rather, is there intelligence in plants? The experiments prove yes and the videos confirming it are mind-blowing. One of those that Professor Stefano Mancuso of the LINV in Florence uses most often to demonstrate the ability of plants to process information has a bean plant as its protagonist.

A very normal bean that, as known, grows quite quickly in search of light and tends to cling to the supports it finds around it. But the bean cannot know where the researchers have placed the stake, whether to its right or left, and attempts to reach support should be equally successful or unsuccessful under the law of probabilities.

But no. The theory of intelligent plants it is demonstrated by the fact that the bean of the experiment always grows in the direction of the support, until it reaches it by implementing a series of strategies that in the accelerated viewing of the experiment video appear as real feats of an athlete.

If you don't believe the intelligent plants try it yourself. Very little is needed: a pot with soil, a bean and a vertical support that you will place on one side of the plant at a distance of more or less than thirty centimeters. Plant the bean and wait for it to grow. The seedling will tend to support and if during the growth you are so bad as to move the support to the other side, you will see something even more incredible: the stem of the bean will make a turn and change direction.

Do not exaggerate though, because the plants as well as intelligent they are also sensitive. For this reason, Professor Mancuso of the International Laboratory of Plant Neurobiology argues that plants are an incredible technological inspiration. And that they can play a leading role in the new society based on the Internet of Everything or Internet of Things. Last but not least, plants make up 99% of the biomass present on planet Earth, including humans.

What is the Internet of Things? The concept is a bit of an article, but having to write it in one line we say that the Internet of things is the society of the future where most of the objects, stuffed with sensors, will be able to collect information, process them and exchange them independently. The car that drives itself so to speak, thanks to the interaction of the GPS with the on-board sensors. Or the electric car which, while recharging, uses contact to obtain and transmit information.

What do the intelligent plants with the Internet of Things? Here lies the novelty that Professor Mancuso spoke about during the Internet of Everything organized by Cisco: if the plants are intelligent, that is, equipped with sensors crossed by electrical stimuli (as demonstrated), why not use them to detect and process information in some situations, such as urban centers? It is not science fiction: there is a study program of which Mancuso is a part that has been thinking about it for at least two years.


Video: Plants Science Experiment - Beans Explosion (October 2020).