Flower Power: Searching for New Engineering Tools Inside a Plant

This image, by Fernan Federici, explores the intricate components of plant biology with the intention of using such components to solve engineering challenges. 

Fernan Federici
Haseloff Lab
Cambridge University

Plants might look motionless to the naked eye, but at the molecular scale they hum with activity. Like tiny machines, plant components work together to build exquisitely complex structures, repair injuries, and respond to environmental changes – with all of these processes renewably powered by the sun. Here, researchers work to identify the functional parts of a small flowering plant called Arabidopsis thaliana, in the hope of applying these biological tools to solve future engineering challenges.

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Keywords: 2013, award winners

Collection: Image Awards 2013