Could coloured Lupin's detect land mines?

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Could coloured Lupin's detect land mines?
« on: 03/02/2009 21:30:02 »
Paul Anderson  asked the Naked Scientists:
Hi Chris and Team,

I was interested in the coloured water cress that detects land mines, but would it work in a field of lupins?


What do you think?

MOD EDIT - Paul has since contacted me to clarify this question. What he meant was that since lupins add nitrogen to the soil, and the landmine-detecting thale cress made by Danish scientists works by detecting compounds of nitrogen leaching from landmines, could lupins throw a nitrogenous spanner in the works?
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Re: Could coloured Lupin's detect land mines?
« Reply #1 on: 04/02/2009 20:21:20 »
Weird idea. I found a reference that says ""I personally don't see a downside," says Peggy Lemeaux, a specialist in plant biotechnology at the University of California-Berkeley. "What possible environmental damage could these plants do?"

All I can say is that Peggy doesn't spend as much tiem as I do digging that bloody stuff out of the garden.
Having said that I think that lupins could be "programmed" to act in the same way. Also they are pretty and they add nitrogen to the soil.

Who wants the job of watering them?
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