Rise of the ‘robo-plants’ as Singapore scientists fuse nature with tech

Publication date 06 April 2021 | 21:42 | ICT

Remote-controlled Venus flytrap “robo-plants” and crops that tell farmers when they are hit by disease could become reality after scientists developed a high-tech system for communicating with vegetation.



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