MIT researchers taught spinach how to send emails

Scientists from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have announced the overcoming of the "communication barrier" between humans and plants. Previously, we could not exchange messages directly, but now the cyborg spinach has learned to send emails to observers. And not just like that, but to signal important events in the environment.

To transform spinach into a cybernetic organism, implants in the form of carbon nanotubes were introduced into it, and this is not a passive structure, but an active mechanism. The principle of action is based on chemical reactions taking place in the plant itself. Figuratively speaking, the scientists managed to connect the implant to the spinach analytical center in order to intercept its signals, the reaction to the content of various substances in the air, soil and water.

Unlike artificial sensors, a living plant only does its entire life that monitors the state of the environment using a wide range of parameters. It is able to understand in which direction to move the root system in search of water or minerals, where to turn the leaves after the sun, or even drop them when the temperature drops and excessive precipitation. Also, spinach reacts strongly to heavy metals, toxins and various substances from the category of environmental pollutants.

The implant uses a chemical reaction inside the plant to generate photons - when spinach reacts to harmful substances, the nanotubes start to glow. This light is captured by the security camera and sends an email with the time of the event and a photo for reporting. As long as the modified plant is alive and interacting with the environment, it will actually signal itself about any changes in it.