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Biologist produces plant sentinels that detect environmental contaminants, explosives

Professor June Medford and her team in the Department of Biology enabled a computer-designed detection trait to work in a plant by rewiring its natural signaling process so the plant turns from green to white when chemicals are detected in air or soil.

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June Medford

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Plant sentinels at work

Professor June Medford and postdoctoral researcher Peter Bowerman examine plants growing to develop the next generation of plant sentinels.

Professor June Medford and postdoctoral researcher Peter Bowerman examine plants growing to develop the next generation of plant sentinels.

Professor June Medford and postdoctoral researcher Peter Bowerman examine plants growing to develop the next generation of plant sentinels.

Professor June Medford and postdoctoral researcher Peter Bowerman examine plants growing to develop the next generation of plant sentinels.