Feasibility of landmine detection using transgenic plants

  title={Feasibility of landmine detection using transgenic plants},
  author={Michael K. Deyholos and Anthony A. Faust and Minmin Miao and Rebecca Montoya and Douglas A Donahue},
  booktitle={SPIE Defense + Commercial Sensing},
Genetically modified plants that detect TNT and its degradation products are potentially powerful aids in humanitarian demining and detection of unexploded ordnance. Although the feasibility of TNT detection by plants and microorganisms has been demonstrated by several research teams world wide, thus far, none of these previously demonstrated systems has the sensitivity and specificity to be effective under field conditions. We are using two approaches to increase the potential effectiveness of… Expand
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