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Bomb-Detecting Plants

Biologists Develop Flora That Instantly React to Explosive Chemicals

— January 29, 2011 — Eco
Biologists at Colorado State University are developing bomb-detecting plants that can instantly change colors when explosive chemicals are in the air. While this may seem like ridiculous science fiction, the project has received tons of funding; lead researcher June Medford says that the plants could be in airports within four years.

As someone who is fearful of flying, the news that bomb-detecting plants are being developed is music to my ears. Check out the video to see Medford explaining in detail the science behind these bomb-detecting plants. How's that for flower power?
Trend Themes
1. Bomb-detecting Plants - Biologists are developing technology for plants to detect bomb-related chemicals in the air, leading to possible applications in various industries.
2. Plant-based Detection Systems - Plant-based detection systems are a potentially disruptive innovation in security, surveillance, and public safety industries that could provide a cheaper and more sustainable alternative to existing detectors.
3. Biological Sensing Technology - Biological sensing technology, such as these bomb-detecting plants, has the potential for applications beyond security and could be used in environmental monitoring, healthcare, and agriculture sectors.
Industry Implications
1. Security - The security industry could adopt the use of bomb-detecting plants as a cheaper and more efficient way of detecting explosives in various settings such as airports and borders.
2. Surveillance - The use of plant-based detection systems could be a disruptive innovation in the surveillance industry as it could provide a more discreet and sustainable way to monitor areas such as public spaces and high-security facilities.
3. Healthcare - Biological sensing technology such as that being used to develop bomb-detecting plants has potential applications in healthcare for disease detection and monitoring, leading to potential disruptive innovation in the industry.
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