Bomberman Explodes Plants

This title maybe misleading but the intention is pretty peaceful! Legend has it that after the World War II got over, American pilot Gale Halvorson airdropped candies in the name of hope, for the Berlin children. War equals devastation, so dropping candies instead of bombs was probably personal retribution. Inspired by this incident, designer Hwang Jin wook and pals have come up with a plan to combat deforestation and desertification of land in a similar fashion. Their mission is called “Seedbomb.”

Mission Seedbomb involves a bomber aircraft and charges full of the Seed Capsules. Essentially the project involves artificial dispersal of seeds over arid areas where natural vegetation has lapsed due to man-made follies like deforestation leading to desertification. Each capsule contains artificial soil and seeds, and are air-dropped over the selected regions.

Housed in biodegradable plastic, the artificial soil provides nourishment and moisture to the seed; till it grows out to be a strong enough plant to sustain itself. As the sapling matures, the plastic capsule melts away, leaving behind a brand new generation.

Sounds like Mission (im)Possible to me, however the logistics of desert environment and the kind of seeds to be dispersed will require a lot research and expertise from the botanists. Because once the capsule melts away and the artificial soil’s nourishment and moisture used up, it’ll take a lot of effort on the plant’s part to survive the harsh environment.

Designers: Hwang Jin wook, Jeon You ho, Han Kuk il & Kim Ji myung

120 Comments

  • Mixel says:

    Interesting concept.
    Can the plant survive after it is full grown or out of the shell? I’m not a plant expert, but I think a plant in the dessert needs water.

    I like where the inspiration came from.

    • Yeah I would assume it can because a plant needs the most enegry and food when it germinates and starts to grow – that’s why the water shell is needed.

      After that I’d assume these plants are all bio-engineered to withstand the effects of deserts like heat, and lack of water.

  • CS says:

    Wow, it’s like an ecoterrorists dream.

  • Mark says:

    Great presentation. Very cool.

  • marco says:

    wooooow great!!!! i’like very much this, bomb in my garden please

  • Seamus Dubh says:

    Reminds me of a concept from the early 90’s.
    But the didn’t use so much material.
    Also their concept was more along the lines oc carpet bombing than multi-munitions.

    http://science.howstuffworks.com/aerial-reforestation.htm/printable

  • Henrique Staino says:

    I’ve seen something identical on Discovery Channel!

    • ZGiSH says:

      Same here, not only that but they were less expensive too. Just a bag,a sprout, some fertilizer, a bunch of them, and drop.

      • Max says:

        I also saw it on Discovery, In an episode of Saving Planet Earth.

        Didnt work there with better products, so i’m not sure if this is gona work.

  • Jeon hey rim says:

    good ^_^
    Best item to earth !!

  • Jason says:

    Looks like a lot of unnecessary “bio” plastic for each tree, if you’re talking about repopulating forests, you’ll need millions and millions of plastic containers? Manufacturing these would hurt the environments more.

  • NextUpdate says:

    it very cool idea to save a planet.

    Plant bomb .

  • Joost says:

    Not as original as the article suggests… Discovery Channel already had a program about this. Conclusion: idea is good, execution of the idea needs extra work.

    http://www.discoverychannel.co.uk/video/ways-to-save-the-planet-forest-bomb-experiment/?player=EveryZing

    But don’t let this stop you to do your thing!

    • nima says:

      i'm agree , the only thing must to be consider is the bioengineering parameter according to the region that would be happen.

    • nima says:

      i'm agree , the only thing must to be consider is the bioengineering parameter according to the region that would be happen.

    • nima says:

      i'm agree , the only thing must to be consider is the bioengineering parameter according to the region that would be happen.

  • geyik says:

    Discovery channel ripoff….

  • Marco says:

    The test on Discovery was based on a complete different way of planting the seeds. It was just a little bag with the seeds inside. The way the bags penatrated the soil was very important. This “new” concept first lets the seed grow inside the enviroment of the capsule and when it starts to grow the capsule is vanishing slowly so the roots can slowly get grip in the soil. (Sorry for my bad English..)

    • Sharon says:

      This is actually identical to the original idea, which they decided was too expensive/not technically workable if I remember correctly. They ended up using a wax based container that the plant could grow through instead of a degradable plastic, and ran into major distribution problems because the helicopter based distrubution system ended up jamming due to the wax sticking together.

      This meant a last minute change in dispersal pattern, which may have been one of the causes of the plants failing to take root. This was an attempt to replant a mangrove forest, so the moisture problem from desertification wouldn’t have been an issue.

  • Killian says:

    While it would really suck to get hit in the head with one of these, this is a really cool concept. I don’t know if anyone has ever heard of a small movement called Guerilla Gardening (basically graffiti with plants) but this reminds me alot of it. I’ve heard rumors among some fellow guerilla gardeners of a similar hand held device known as a flower grenade. Basically the same concept as above except you throw it and it has the soil incased so that the flower will grow anywhere. Cool stuff.

  • Roeland says:

    The initiative is great! Sharing it with the rest of the world also!
    Still needs some fine tuning, but who cares? The discussion has started so the open ends will be fixed automatically in time. There’s allways somebody with answers.

  • verboze says:

    Cool idea, but am I the only one thinking, “what if the capsule lands sideways, or upside down”? Or am I missing something here?

  • Rob says:

    Just out of interest, how many of these capsules would you have to drop in order to offset the carbon footprint of the bomber used to drop them? Not to mention the production of the bio-degradable plastic. Nice concept though.

  • Erik says:

    good ^_^
    Best item to earth !!!

  • NIck says:

    Keyword = “seed balls”

    http://www.google.com/search?q=%22seed+balls%22

    developed and perfected in the 60s – to the 90s by Masanobu Fukuoka.

    Cheaper, proven and eminently drop-able from aircraft…… perfected for the desert environment.

    • paz says:

      for the recent origins of and how to make ‘seed bombs’,
      also do a ‘youtube’ search for ‘seed balls’ and /or ‘masanobu fukuoka’
      “The ultimate goal of farming is not the growing of crops,
      but the cultivation and perfection of human beings.”
      rather than throwing seed ‘bombs’
      one can toss seed ‘balls’ or scatter healing seed ‘balms’.

  • PJ Tharsaile says:

    Pity about the inappropriate use of the word retribution.

  • nico coudray says:

    man, i’m designer myself and i love your philosophy, it’s sad earth miss so much guys like you, i hope you’ll presnt this idea soon.

    Good luck

  • it make a good area, save the world and global worming.

    very good idea.

  • UFO says:

    i guess the bottom part could be heavier… so that it always drops the right way?

  • 3G says:

    While it would really suck to get hit in the head with one of these, this is a really cool concept. I don’t know if anyone has ever heard of a small movement called Guerilla Gardening (basically graffiti with plants) but this reminds me alot of it. I’ve heard rumors among some fellow guerilla gardeners of a similar hand held device known as a flower grenade. Basically the same concept as above except you throw it and it has the soil incased so that the flower will grow anywhere. Cool stuff.

  • GoodDeal says:

    Please, Bomb to my home. That is a good idea to make greed world.

  • Rob says:

    Well atleast the US Air force can actually put its planes to good use besides hurting things….

  • paz says:

    for the recent origins of and how to make ‘seed bombs’, do a ‘youtube’ search for ‘seed balls’ and /or ‘masanobu fukuoka’…
    “the ultimate goal of farming is not the growing of crops, but the cultivation and perfection of human beings.”
    rather than dropping seed ‘bombs’
    one can drop seed ‘balls’
    or scatter healing seed ‘balms’.
    much love many blessings

  • ARMET says:

    very…. but how this capsule can be destroyed by the sun?

  • EdHardy says:

    Just out of interest, how many of these capsules would you have to drop in order to offset the carbon footprint of the bomber used to drop them? Not to mention the production of the bio-degradable plastic. Nice concept though.

  • irooni says:

    its fantastic ( i like it ) :))

  • laupforod says:

    NEXT STOP MARS!!
    THEN ON TO OTHER STAR SYSTEMS.

  • laupforod says:

    NEXT STOP MARS!!
    THEN ON TO OTHER STAR SYSTEMS.

  • Kicky says:

    WoW! Is this for real?I can't believe this.

  • Kicky says:

    WoW! Is this for real?I can't believe this.

  • flex ticket says:

    Nice imagination.but i don't think its real.

  • flex ticket says:

    Nice imagination.but i don't think its real.

  • This meant a last minute change in dispersal pattern, which may have been one of the causes of the plants failing to take root. This was an attempt to replant a mangrove forest, so the moisture problem from desertification wouldn’t have been an issue.

  • Monaf says:

    Good day i am interested in this idea, I have a great Business opportunity.

    contact me for more details

  • Chris says:

    So how are they gonna get water?

Comments are closed.