also check this more recent feature by Euronews:
Within the EU-funded project “flora robotica” two essentials for our future life on earth are being merged: technology and nature. Following a simple yet radically new idea, our international team of researchers is envisioning and constructing a bio-hybrid society of robots and natural plants. This bio-hybrid society will be able to reach human-collaborative goals by communicating, working, and growing together. flora robotica takes the first steps toward intelligent plants that can adaptively and sustainably grow our built environment – from urban furniture, to public spaces, to buildings, to entire cities.
This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation program under the FET grant agreement, no. 640959.
the flora robotica team:
Experts involved in flora robotica come from the diverse fields of computer science, robotics, molecular and cellular biology, zoology, advanced mechatronics and environmental sensing,
UzL – University of Luebeck, Germany (Institute of Computer Engineering, Service Robotics Group)
AMU – Adam Mickiewicz University, Poland (Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology)
CITA – Centre for Information Technology and Architecture, Denmark
CYB – Cybertronica Research, Germany
ITU – IT University of Copenhagen, Denmark (Robotics, Evolution and Art Lab)
UNIGRAZ – Karl-Franzens-University Graz, Austria (Department of Zoology, Artificial Life lab) 12815