It’s been a few years that Marc suggested to send a message in a bottle here, maybe it’s better late than never!
I’m just an EE/CS engineer, so quite ignorant in Biology or chemistry, but I’m curious about a couple of Mimosa things that some of you might know.
I’ve been quite fascinated by the amount of features this plant has:
- sensing: touch, temperature, humidity, brightness, electro-stimulation (do I miss anything?)
- actuating: close its leaves when it senses any of the aforementioned.
Since I’ve seen that some made light emitting and sensitive neurons, I start to understand the bio-magic…
Does anyone here have any hint about if it would be DIY-possible to extract the genes that makes this plant move, and put them in another one? (or anything else?)
2) electro-bio-monitoring of soil quality!?
By observing the electronic signals in Mimosas we can infer on its bio-sensors states…
=> has anyone heard of plants that could help measuring quality? (pollution level, oxygen, humidity, anything…)
The Humus sapiens gang might have some clues maybe?
If any of you has any pointer about anything in these fields, I’m very interested!
Thanks a lot!
…and nice to finally join you all