As of February 18th, 2014, lettuce-based electric wires were discovered! The next generation of electricity could be made from lettuce.
According to livescience.com, “Computer scientist Andrew Adamatzky of the University of West England did a series of tests with four-day-old lettuce seedlings. To create bio-wires, he bridged two electrodes made from conductive aluminum foil with a seedling that was placed onto the electrodes in drops of distilled water. Next, he applied electrical potential between electrodes ranging from 2 to 12 volts, and calculated the seedling’s so-called potential transfer function that shows output potential as a fraction of input potential — the amount of energy produced relative to energy put in. “
Though it is not the first time in history that researchers have turned to biology to create electrical components, (marine bacteria made batteries, sugar-powered biobattery), a researcher named Erokhin, believes this research could eventually lead to the development of bio-robots. Everything machine-orientated will be bio-oriented. Scientists will take the cells of plants for a biological blueprint to lead to ‘green machines’. Now, they just need to understand the behavior, and lifestyle of plants and slime mold so we can work with it more in the future.
In my opinion, this is definitely a healthier alternative towards the environment, but wouldn’t the lettuce eventually go bad, die, crackle, and wither to nothing? Would this honestly be able to keep up?