Scientists have created plants that can detect explosives and instantly signal it
Researchers have embedded nanotubes into spinach leaves that react to the presence of an explosive component nearby, causing the plant to emit a faint glow..
Specially engineered nanoparticles detect nitroaromatics, which are often found in explosives. When chemicals come into contact with water near the plant, the leaves begin to emit a faint fluorescent signal that can be seen with an infrared camera..
MIT engineers have automated the communication process by pointing a sensor connected to a computer at plants. When the camera recorded changes in the signal, the system immediately sent an email notification.
According to scientists, because of the branched root system and the constant circulation of water in the leaves, plants are well suited for chemical analysis of the environment. In addition to identifying explosives, they can also be used to monitor air and soil pollution..
Recall that earlier researchers were also able to speed up photosynthesis by half. algae using light harvesting polymer.
text: Ilya Bauer, photo: PxHere