An analytical model of memristors in plants

Vladislav S. Markin, Alexander G. Volkov, Leon Chua

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The memristor, a resistor with memory, was postulated by Chua in 1971 and the first solid-state memristor was built in 2008. Recently, we found memristors in vivo in plants. Here we propose a simple analytical model of 2 types of memristors that can be found within plants. The electrostimulation of plants by bipolar periodic waves induces electrical responses in the Aloe vera and Mimosa pudica with fingerprints of memristors. Memristive properties of the Aloe vera and Mimosa pudica are linked to the properties of voltage gated K+ion channels. The potassium channel blocker TEACl transform plant memristors to conventional resistors. The analytical model of a memristor with a capacitor connected in parallel exhibits different characteristic behavior at low and high frequency of applied voltage, which is the same as experimental data obtained by cyclic voltammetry in vivo.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article numbere972887
JournalPlant Signaling and Behavior
Issue number10
StatePublished - Dec 22 2014


  • Aloe vera
  • Bioelectrochemistry
  • Cyclic voltammetry
  • Electrophysiology
  • Ion channel
  • Memristor
  • Mimosa pudica
  • Signal transduction

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Plant Science


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