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‘Nanobionic’ spinach plants detect explosives, pollution, drought | KurzweilAI

‘Nanobionic’ spinach plants detect explosives, pollution, drought | KurzweilAI

MIT engineers have implanted spinach leaves with carbon nanotubes, resulting in a hybrid electronic system that they call “plant nanobionics” for detecting dangerous (and other) chemicals.

Two years ago, in the first demonstration of plant nanobionics, MIT engineer Michael Strano, PhD, used nanoparticles to enhance plants’ photosynthesis ability and turn them into sensors for nitric oxide, a pollutant produced by combustion.

Detecting trace molecules

In the new study, the researchers embedded the carbon-nanotube sensors for nitroaromatic compounds into the leaves of spinach plants.

Source: ‘Nanobionic’ spinach plants detect explosives, pollution, drought | KurzweilAI