Plants have been recruited to help solve two major problems we face today—air pollution and the use of chemicals in agriculture. Unfortunately, we can’t just interview plants to determine how they’re affected by these issues. Using LabVIEW and NI USB DAQ, a group of academic and industry researchers are working together to find a way to monitor the environment by deciphering the language of plants.
The researchers behind this project want to maintain the health of the planet by using plants as sensing devices. To investigate the electrical signals that plants emit in response to environmental stimuli, in this case white light, the team used an NI USB-6008 low-cost multifunction DAQ device. LabVIEW controlled the changing patterns of white light and detected the plants’ responses to the light.
As the environment continues to be affected by pollution and global warming, the results of the experiment may reveal how to use plants to sense problems before they start affecting human health. Thanks to the efforts of the team, we’re one step closer to becoming plant whisperers!