Plant science leaps into the virtual world—4 August 2017

The Virtual Plant Cell (VPC) will take people on exciting and immersive journeys through plant science this National Science Week.

The ARC Centre of Excellence in Plant Energy Biology’s groundbreaking virtual reality experience lets audiences explore the sub-microscopic inner world of a plant, using virtual reality technology.

“We’re taking full advantage of the incredible opportunities virtual reality technology is now offering. To take people to places where they can’t normally go, like inside of a cell,” said Karina Price, Science Communications Officer for Plant Energy Biology, who is leading the project.

“The world needs to dramatically increase its food production for the future. Our research aims to better understand how plants create and use energy, in order to improve them for agriculture. We want the community to understand how we do this, and why.”

VPC’s stunning visuals, designed by Western Australian artist Peter Ryan, and it’s fun, interactive parts, created by award winning Unity Developer Richard England (Reflex Arc), have already been capturing attention around the world.

 

Media issued by: ARC Centre of Excellence in Plant Energy Biology.

Image: Virtual reality technology is being used to showcase plant research.
Image courtesy: James Campbell, ARC Centre of Excellence in Plant Energy Biology.

Original Published Date: 
Friday, August 4, 2017