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Plant Nanobiotics

The term 'superfood' takes on new meaning

 

Category
Green tech
Type
Institutes
Location
Massachusetts
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Researchers at MIT have made a fascinating discovery in a study using spinach that brings new meaning to the term ‘Superfood'. By embedding the leaves with carbon nanotubes, the plant can be transformed into a hybrid organism able to detect particular chemicals often found in explosives. The nanotubes emit fluorescent signals picked up by an infrared camera, reverting the data back to a computer and alerting the user via email. The application of technology in this way breaks the boundaries of communication between plants and humans as has never been seen before.  

Founded By
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
Year
2016
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Green tech

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