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Nanotechnology uses plants to detect pollutants, explosives

Post  bejoy on Thu Mar 20, 2014 2:07 am

A team of researchers at MIT have increased the uses of plants by augmenting them with nanomaterials that could enhance their energy production and give them completely new functions, such as monitoring environmental pollutants. In a new Nature Materials paper, the researchers report boosting plants’ ability to capture light energy by 30 per cent by embedding carbon nanotubes in the chloroplast, the plant organelle where photosynthesis takes place. Using another type of carbon nanotube, they also modified plants to detect the gas nitric oxide. Together, these represent the first steps in launching a scientific field the researchers have dubbed “plant nanobionics.”

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