This A*STAR scholar is curious about how plants are feeling
A*STAR Graduate Scholarship (AGS)
Have you ever wondered how plants are feeling?
That is the question constantly on Wong Yi Jing’s mind. As a PhD student exploring the use of flexible electronics as a sensing technology for plants at the Nanyang Technological University (NTU), she spends her day thinking about how to get them to talk back to her.
She does this by attaching flexible electrodes to them. To engage in intelligent conversation with the plants, the material interface is very important. The electrodes are generally attached to the surface of the plant (e.g., stem and leaf) or inserted into plant tissues.
Similar to the medical wearables we wear on our wrists to track our vital signals, plant wearables capture electric signals emitted from the plants as they respond to different stimuli such as touch, light, and wounding (physical damage). By analysing these signals, Yi Jing can gain a better understanding as to how their environment affects them.