Memory elements in the electrical network of Mimosa pudica L

Alexander G. Volkov, Jada Reedus, Colee M. Mitchell, Clayton Tuckett, Maya I. Volkova, Vladislav S. Markin, Leon Chua

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The fourth basic circuit element, a memristor, is a resistor with memory that was postulated by Chua in1971. Here we found that memristors exist in vivo. The electrostimulation of the Mimosa pudica by bipolar sinusoidal or triangle periodic waves induce electrical responses with fingerprints of memristors. Uncouplers carbonylcyanide-3-chlorophenylhydrazone and carbonylcyanide-4-trifluoromethoxy-phenyl hydrazone decrease the amplitude of electrical responses at low and high frequencies of bipolar sinusoidal or triangle periodic electrostimulating waves. Memristive behavior of an electrical network in the Mimosa pudica is linked to the properties of voltage gated ion channels: the channel blocker TEACl reduces the electric response to a conventional resistor. Our results demonstrate that a voltage gated KC channel in the excitable tissue of plants has properties of a memristor. The discovery of memristors in plants creates a new direction in the modeling and understanding of electrical phenomena in plants.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article numbere982029
JournalPlant Signaling and Behavior
Issue number10
StatePublished - Dec 22 2014


  • Electrical network
  • Electrostimulation
  • Ion channel
  • Memristor
  • Mimosa pudica
  • Plant electrophysiology

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Plant Science


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