Thursday, August 13, 2009

Extra Duty for Plants

While I've never seen this kind of sign, a blogger at the Ecological Society of America reports on a finding at the society's recent meeting.


TNT and plants: shrubs as toxin detectors

Photo sourtesy of Julie Naumann.Photo courtesy of Julie Naumann.

If you’ve been to many national forests, chances are you’ve seen signs like the one to the left: walk on this field and a land mine might explode. In her talk this morning at the ESA Annual Meting, Julie Naumann of the U.S. Army Corps of engineers explained that even if they don’t explode, these buried capsules of TNT and other explosives are bad news for plants.

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