Some current projects involving Phytl Signs

University of Sao Paolo, Brazil

RESEARCH AREA

Researching correlations between electrical signals and physiological properties like sap flow.

RESULTS

Quickly identified correlations between signals and physiological properties. Writing up academic papers

Agroscope, Switzerland

RESEARCH AREA

Investigating early warning of drought stress in greenhouse plants.

RESULTS

Clear evidence of stress after first watering cycle is missed. Repeated results with excellent accuracy.

Major agrochem business, USA

RESEARCH AREA

Monitoring response of garden plants to various chemical treatments.

RESULTS

Monitoring electrical signals enables the reduction of agro-chem product development cycles.

Vivent SARL, Switzerland

RESEARCH AREA

Observing physiological responses to electrical signal injection.

RESULTS

So far evidence of physiological response is observable but more experimental work is required.

Other research questions being investigated:

  • Do electrical signals correlate with circadian or diurnal rhythms in plants?

  • How does the electrophysiology of plants change in the presence of insects – both pollinators and herbivores?

  • Do changes in electrical signals correlate to changes in light quality?

  • Do electrical signals correlate with observed chemical and hydraulic signals in response to mechanical stress?

  • Does functional signaling via electromagnetic waves between biological cells, including plant cells exists and, if it does, what mechanisms are involved and what information is being transferred? This research is funded by DARPA, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency under the RadioBio program