Feasibility of Signal Transmission for Plant Body Channel Communication in Tobacco

Aakash Jog*, Lee Bar-On, Adi Avni, Yosi Shacham-Diamand

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Body channel communication (BCC) is a technique which uses the human body as the medium for carrying various signals, interfacing multiple devices-for example, sensors-with a single gateway. Plant body channel communication (PBCC) is a new technique based on the same fundamentals as BCC, using the plant's body for signal transmission. As a feasibility study for PBCC, a four-electrode setup-two for the transmitter and two for the receiver-was installed on Nicotiana tabacum plants, and the signal attenuation through the stems was studied in both frequency and time domains. We show that for multiple plants, the attenuation follows a consistent trend with respect to frequency.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationIEEE Sensors, SENSORS 2020 - Conference Proceedings
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
ISBN (Electronic)9781728168012
StatePublished - 25 Oct 2020
Event2020 IEEE Sensors, SENSORS 2020 - Virtual, Rotterdam, Netherlands
Duration: 25 Oct 202028 Oct 2020

Publication series

NameProceedings of IEEE Sensors
ISSN (Print)1930-0395
ISSN (Electronic)2168-9229


Conference2020 IEEE Sensors, SENSORS 2020
CityVirtual, Rotterdam


FundersFunder number
Boris Mints Institute for Strategic Policy Solutions
Israel Science Foundation1616/17
Tel Aviv University590351
Ministry of Science and Technology, Israel3-14345


    • body channel communication
    • intra-body communication
    • plant body channel communication
    • plant sensors


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