In one year, at least 26,000 people are killed or injured by at least 100 million undiscovered landmines.
Dogs, flails and carefully probing on hands and knees are tedious and dangerous methods of mine detection.
Now a common weed has been re-engineered to turn purple if explosives are nearby.
Among many worries about releasing man-made DNA, a major charity with 5,500 deminers and 120 heavy machines worries that the plantings may be unreliable. [BBC]
Reporter System In Plants
The Danish biotech company Aresa has been granted patents on the system behind the landmine detecting plant called RedDetect™.
A trial has been approved in Serbia to test the technology behind the landmine detecting plant.
RedDetect’s color changing ability is remarkable. As importantly, this underscores advances in using plants as tools in the field.
Farmers may soon detect pests as quickly as plants! [previous link]