Weapon Wednesday – Military’s Threat Detecting/Spy Plants

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DARPA, the US military’s arm responsible for developing new military technologies, is developing genetically modified plants that can detect threats and spy discreetly

The program aims to engineer plants to detect certain chemicals, pathogens, radiation, and even electromagnetic and nuclear signals, and use existing hardware such as satellites to monitor these plants.

The smart plants could have applications outside of the military too –  for example to help communities identify undetonated landmines from previous conflicts and testing areas.

DARPA's new Advanced Plant Technologies (APT) program aims to engineer plants to detect certain chemicals, pathogens, radiation, and even electromagnetic and nuclear signals, and use existing hardware such as satellites to monitor these plants

GENETICALLY MODIFIED PLANTS – APPLICATIONS

DARPA, the US military’s arm responsible for developing new military technologies, is developing genetically modified plants that can detect threats and spy discreetly

The program aims to engineer plants to detect certain chemicals, pathogens, radiation, and even electromagnetic and nuclear signals, and use existing hardware such as satellites to monitor these plants.

Just some of the military applications for genetically modified plants include the detection of:

  • Chemicals
  • Pathogens
  • Radiation
  • Electromagnetic signals
  • Nuclear threats

Genetically modified plants also have applications outside of the military, including modifications for:

  • Increased longevity

  • Nutrient enrichment

  • Increased yield

  • Stress resistance (e.g. drought resistance)

  • Pest resistance

  • Pathogen resistance

  • Biofuel production

DARPA’s Advanced Plant Technologies (APT) program is looking to harness plants’ natural ability for sensing and responding to environmental stimuli, such as light levels and air pollution, and extend them with genetic modification.

According to DARPA, the military’s traditional sensors are not always optimal for certain tasks, which is one of the reasons plants are at the focus of its new project.

The program will also reduce risks posed to soldiers, and reduce costs associated with traditional sensors.

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