Color Changing Plants Detect Pollutants

Color Changing Plants Detect Pollutants

Researchers at Colorado State University are looking into plants with toxin-detecting capabilities.

Don Michael Acelar De Leon
  • 18 february 2011

Plants that can change colors upon contact with pollutants and toxins are currently being studied at Colorado State University. Dr. June Medford currently employs a computer-designed detection trait to develop plants that stop producing chlorophyll when they detect pollutants or explosives in the air, thus turning ‘white.’ Once the pollutant or explosive itself has been removed, the plants return to their usual green color.

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