Attempting to retrieve their drone, Barbara, Vittorio and Samira sneak into a research centre where they see a plantoid, the world’s first robot designed to look like a plant. While chatting with this mechanical tree, the three friends discover the superpowers of the plant kingdom: seeds with rotating wings and sophisticated floating systems, self-cleaning leaves, traps and deadly poisons… Might sound like science fiction, but they’re real! Thanks to their abilities, plants have lived in every corner of the Earth for millions of years. The plant kingdom is a continuous source of inspiration for scientists, whose observation of nature deepens the development of innovative and sustainable technological solutions.
The Incredible Plantoid and the Superpowers of the Plant Kingdom (L’incredibile plantoide e i superpoteri del regno vegetale) available in Italian
Written by Chiara Valentina Segré and Barbara Mazzolai, con illustrazioni di Veronica Carratello.
Editoriale Scienza, 2022
Recommended for ages 8 and up