Plants on track of terrorists

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Certain plants, including the common mustard plant, could be used to detect nerve agents similar to those used in the 1995 gas attacks on the Tokyo subway, new research has shown.

The research by the Ministry of Defence’s science and technology laboratory and the University of Central Lancashire has shown how plants could help detect the deadly chemicals once they are absorbed by soil or washed away.

Scientists found vegetation could be used to detect the nerve agents, similar to those used by terrorists who unleashed the nerve agent sarin into the Tokyo underground in 1995, killing 13 and leaving thousands injured.