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Conducting polymers take control of the field.

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Article

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McLeod, Robert R 
Malliaras, George G  ORCID logo  https://orcid.org/0000-0002-4582-8501

Abstract

In PNAS, Oikonomou et al. (1) introduce the concept of eSoil, a conducting polymer-based scaffold for the hydroponic culture of plants. They show that when eSoil is polarised, it accelerates the growth of barley seedlings by 50% after 15 days of growth. This is an exciting result that may one day enable to increase crop yields in a sustainable fashion. Although the underlying biological processes remain to be elucidated, a key message from this work is the fact that conducting polymers enable a controlled way to study and direct the biology of plants.

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Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A

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0027-8424
1091-6490

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Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
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NERC (NE\T012293/1)