April 12th, 2005


This is what bio-engineering is for, not cubical tomatoes.

Genetically Engineered Plants Detect Land Mines

A Danish company, Aresa Biodetection, has developed genetically-modified flowers that change color when their roots come in contact with nitrogen dioxide in the soil. Explosives used in mines produce NO2 as the chemicals gradually decay. The company plans to sow fields of NO2-sniffing Arabidopsis thaliana (Thale or mouse cress) in areas riddled with long-forgotten ordinance from Angola to Cambodia.

Oops: forgot to mention I stole this from chaya. Sorry!