Project 2010: Testing Data Transfer Over Plant Roots






 Can information in the form of data packets be transmitted through plants, and specifically plant roots? If so, how feasible would this be in modern telecommunications?  How much data (in bits) can be sent over the plants per millisecond?  How far can the data travel through such a system without having to be resent?  Could this technology be used in conjunction with monitoring of forests and nature, resulting in less time and money required for maintenance than current methods of data collection and analysis? 




Data packets transmitted by an outside source – a serial port on a personal computer - can be transmitted over plants and or plant roots.  As in other mediums, data transmission rates will decline with greater distance.