The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - Body and Soul - - NEWS -

Imag­ine if your house plants could de­tect viruses and tell you when there’s too much mould in the air, help­ing to cre­ate a health­ier home or of­fice space. Thanks to sci­en­tists at the Univer­sity of Ten­nessee in the US, ‘bio-sens­ing plants’ could soon be­come a re­al­ity. Us­ing the tools of syn­thetic bi­ol­ogy, re­searchers be­lieve it’s pos­si­ble to ge­net­i­cally en­gi­neer plants to act as en­vi­ron­men­tal alarms by glow­ing or chang­ing colour in the pres­ence of harm­ful com­pounds. While it’s just a the­ory for now, sci­en­tists are work­ing on fund­ing fu­ture projects, so your house plant could re­ceive a life-sav­ing up­date in a mat­ter of years. Watch this space...

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