Plants as nerve agent detectors

Baker, Matthew and Gravett, Matthew R. and Hopkins, Farrha B. and Cerys Rees, D.G. and Riches, James R. and Self, Adam J. and Webb, Andrew J. and Timperley, Christopher M. (2014) Plants as nerve agent detectors. OPCW Today, 3 (1). pp. 27-36.

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Abstract

There has been increasing interest in how rapid advances in the life sciences, including the convergence of chemistry and biology, might affect implementation of the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC)1. Here we describe how increased knowledge of chemistry and biology, specifically the interaction of organophosphorus nerve agents with plants, might be useful in investigations of alleged use of such substances. We also describe briefly how plants might be used to remediate land contaminated by the nerve agents.