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Forest Intelligence: robotic networks inspired by the Wood Wide Web

Project description

Robotics and artificial intelligence mimic plant-fungal networks to mitigate climate change

Underground fungal networks dubbed Wood Wide Webs connect plants, enabling them to exchange nutrients, information, and to maintain healthy ecosystems. The EU-funded I-Wood project will investigate the plant-fungus (mycorrhizal) interactions to recreate them by developing virtual models and physical robotic networks. These systems will imitate plants' networks by employing robotic roots that grow and branch in response to the environment, exchange information, and implement plant-inspired collective behaviours. Tested in a scaled-down mixed social network, they will interact with real plants to facilitate the development of mycorrhizae. I-Wood will pioneer a new paradigm in robotics and AI, and will offer fresh knowledge on plant communities with major significance for biodiversity and climate protection.

Host institution

FONDAZIONE ISTITUTO ITALIANO DI TECNOLOGIA
Net EU contribution
€ 2 000 000,00
Address
Via Morego 30
16163 Genova
Italy

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Region
Nord-Ovest Liguria Genova
Activity type
Research Organisations
Other funding
€ 2 000 000,00

Beneficiaries (1)

FONDAZIONE ISTITUTO ITALIANO DI TECNOLOGIA
Italy
Net EU contribution
€ 2 000 000,00
Address
Via Morego 30
16163 Genova

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Region
Nord-Ovest Liguria Genova
Activity type
Research Organisations
Other funding
€ 2 000 000,00