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Magnetically actuated Cress plants
updated by Laura Cinti - 30 Jan 2012


This experiment utilised a new biomedical technology - magnetic nanoparticles (superparamagnetic iron oxide nanoparticles) - to modulate aspects of plant behaviour by invoking dynamic motion in plants, directly.  These magnetic nanoparticles, which  become magnetic in presence of a magnetic field, were internalised in plants. 

Three sets of seeds were germinated in mini petri dishes (15x60mm) in solution of 5ml (de-ionised) water, 13 February 2008.

Three sets of seeds were germinated in mini petri dishes (15x60mm) in solution of 5ml (de-ionised) water, 13 February 2008.

The seed coats were removed, 22 February 2008.
The seed coats were removed, 22 February 2008.


Each dish was treated with iron oxide nanomagnetic particles, 23-24 February 2008.
Each dish was treated with iron oxide nanomagnetic particles, 23-24 February 2008.
Each dish was treated with iron oxide nanomagnetic particles, 23-24 February 2008.
 
 
On the 5th day the cress plants in two dishes showed very slight movement when an external magnet was positioned very close to the plants, 23-26 February 2008. 
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C-LAB:blog: Techfest Day 3: Bacteria wake up to Indian summer
C-LAB:blog: Techfest Day 4-5: LAB-24
C-LAB:blog: Techfest Day 5: Opening
C-LAB:blog: Techfest Day 6: Living works come to life
C-LAB:blog: Techfest Day 7: Final push :)
C-LAB:event: ART-SCIENCE TALK
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C-LAB:event: EN VIE / ALIVE
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C-LAB:experiment: Magnetically actuated Cress plants
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Overview
Year
2008
Status
completed
Keyword(s)
nanomagnetic particles, plants
Group(s)
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