Are genetically modified "smart" plants

Unlike animals, plants are quite well to genetic modification and today it is possible to create a plant that can be said, "for everyone." But what if a purely decorative adornments to create something more useful? For example, sensors and sensors? This is what scientists are planning to do from Tennecsi University.

Are genetically modified

is responsible for the development team of experts headed by Professor Neil Stewart. The basic idea of ​​scientists is that even without modification genetichekoy flora may react to the presence of various agents in the air. According to Professor Stuart,

"Mold, radon gas or high concentrations of volatile organic compounds without problems trapped many plants. And even if you think you are in a room alone - far from it. You are surrounded by this organic incubator. And not all of them are useful. Plants can not only improve the germs, but also in advance to recognize the problem. "

The essence of development to the plants appeared a "genetic switch" that can respond to the content of certain substances. Stewart and his team have managed to create plants that respond to the high nitrogen content in the atmosphere. At elevated concentrations of the plants begin to glow.

Like "analyzers" can "equip" both indoor and outdoor flora, which will serve as a "useful sensors", because the air purification function and the production of oxygen in plants is not going to select one. Moreover, these plants can be used in the military and civilian spheres, if "teach" them to react to the presence of toxic substances in the air.