Electrical signalling in plants comes out of the laboratory and into the real world

Over the last twenty years science has made huge progress in understanding electrical signalling in plants. Leading plant research laboratories around the world have learned that plants communicate internally using pulses of electricity that may or may not spread through the entire plant structure.  These signals are used to trigger defence mechanisms and promote growth.  Currently this work is mainly done in highly artificial conditions for short periods in specialised chambers.

Vivent, the bio-signal specialists, is developing a robust horticultural device, the Phytl Signs Professional that may be used anywhere to monitor plants in real time.

Being able to tap into plants own “early warning” communication systems allows quick intervention to environmental stress and will yield unique insights for professional plant growers.

Growers will be able to experiment quickly and effectively to improve yields at lower cost in real world conditions.

  • Monitor your crop minute by minute for efficient optimisation of growing conditions
  • Live warnings of plant stress for instance from irrigation or nutrigation faults or attacks from insects
  • Combines with other data to deliver unique insights that help you reduce interventions, optimize growing conditions, maximise yield and crop quality

Until now plant bio-signals could only be measured using expensive laboratory equipment. The Phytl Signs product range uses innovative electronic and computing technology to allow professional growers to listen to plant signals. Vivent, the world leader in developing equipment for harnessing the the ‘internet of plants’ aims to provide pioneering bio-signal technology to laboratories and professional plant growers as well as home users.

Phytl Signs Professional is for plant growers who are interested in real time crop monitoring and also gaining unique insights about their crops. The system is designed to record the electrical signalling that takes place in plants and provide this information to growers on a live basis (for instance sounding alarms in case of insect attacks), or to provide a historical record of crop development. Developed using modern low cost electronics and computing techniques, the Phytl Signs Professional allows growers to continuously monitor the electrical signalling that takes place in their crops. The Phytl Signs Professional can convert signals into audible frequencies so you can hear in real time what is happening with your plants. The plant signals can also be recorded and shared with other operations with similar plants to gain even more understanding of your crops.

Phytl Signs Professional comes as a compact battery powered unit that can be attached to a plant either indoors or outdoors. Electrodes from the system are connected to a plant leaf and a ground signal is also monitored using a small stake that is located in the substrate near the roots. Phytl Signs Professional has a power switch, and another switch to turn the audible signals on or off as well as a volume control. You can communicate with the monitoring station using a smart phone and the Phytl Signs App.

When you connect to the Phytl Signs Professional using your smartphone the history of the plants’ communication signals is loaded onto your phone so you can see how the plant is changing over time.

Phytl Signs Professional allows you to better understand how your plants are developing. Plant signal frequencies and amplitudes change with plant vitality and with changes in growing conditions such as light levels and soil or air conditions. You, the expert, can try new strategies to keep your plants healthy and receive almost immediate feedback on how the plants are responding.

Phytl Signs Professional is a highly sophisticated scientific instrument that provides growers with insights to help optimize their operations . Vivent’s professional service division can work with you to implement monitoring programs. Programs can include monitoring of other variables, such as light, water, soil chemistry, air quality and temperature to correlate biosignals with growing conditions.