Within the University of Berkeley in California, researchers from the Morphing Matter Lab have developed the Erodium Copy robot, whose composition, structure, and material mimic the reproductive mechanisms of plant species.
It takes its name from the Erodium plant, whose behavior it emulates. Its form facilitates anchoring and the soil dispersion of the seeds it contains, thereby increasing germination chances.
Made of oak wood, Erodium Copy is assimilated directly into the soil without causing pollution. In addition to seeds, it can also contain fungi and worms, complementary inputs conducive to germination.
For the researchers at the Morphing Matter Lab, the goal is no longer to tame nature but to draw inspiration from it to produce inclusive and sustainable innovations.