Characterizing Information Propagation in Plants

Hamdan Awan, Raviraj S. Adve, Nigel Wallbridge, Carrol Plummer, Andrew W. Eckford

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This paper considers an electro-chemical based communication model for intercellular communication in plants. Many plants, such as Mimosa pudica (the "sensitive plant"), employ electrochemical signals known as action potentials (APs) for communication purposes. In this paper we present a simple model for action potential generation. We make use of the concepts from molecular communication to explain the underlying process of information transfer in a plant. Using the information- theoretic analysis, we compute the mutual information between the input and output in this work. The key aim is to study the variations in the information propagation speed for varying number of plant cells for one simple case. Furthermore we study the impact of the AP signal on the mutual information and information propagation speed. We further aim to explore the impact of increasing number of cells on the information propagation speed.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2018 IEEE Global Communications Conference, GLOBECOM 2018 - Proceedings
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
ISBN (Electronic)9781538647271
Publication statusPublished - 2018
Externally publishedYes
Event2018 IEEE Global Communications Conference, GLOBECOM 2018 - Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Duration: 09 Dec 201813 Dec 2018

Publication series

Name2018 IEEE Global Communications Conference, GLOBECOM 2018 - Proceedings


Conference2018 IEEE Global Communications Conference, GLOBECOM 2018
Country/TerritoryUnited Arab Emirates
CityAbu Dhabi


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