Canadian, U.S. militaries develop modified plants to detect landmines The Canadian Press

The Canadian and the United States militaries are developing a new weapon in the war against landmines – genetically modified plants. Anthony Faust, a researcher with the landmine detection branch of the Department of National Defence, came up with the genetically modified plant idea after watching a TV newscast. “I caught the tail end of a clip that talked about sending genetically modified plants to Mars. These plants were going to be modified to be sensitive to heavy metals.