GM plants to form basis of hazardous substance sensors

GM plants to form basis of hazardous substance sensors

US defence agency starts programme to develop plant-based sensors The Advanced Plant Technologies (APT) programme, launched by DARPA, aims to develop “robust, plant-based sensors that are self-sustaining in their environment and can be remotely monitored using existing hardware”. This is needed, the agency explains, because threats are more distributed than they had been in previous decades and monitoring them has become too complex for the electronic and mechanical sensors that the defence sector conventionally uses. The DARPA project aims to modify plants to detect a variety of stimuli “Plants are highly attuned to their environments and naturally manifest physiological […]