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PhD Student Bioengineers Potato Plant to Detect Gamma Radiation

Rob Sears
Rob Sears hopes his bioengineered potato radiation sensors will open the door to future innovations in organic technology. Image courtesy UTIA.

PhD student Rob Sears, a researcher in the Herbert College of Agriculture, has developed a potato plant that can detect gamma radiation, providing reliable indications of harmful radiation levels without complex monitoring technologies. Sears engineered the plant, also known as a phytosensor, to indicate high radiation levels through changing leaf fluorescence.

Read more about Sears and his work at UTIA.