Finding Landmines with Fluorescence and Honeybees
Speaker: Dr Ross Gillanders, University of St Andrews
There are still over 100 million landmines across the world. New technologies are needed to help find them, since they are so varied and in such different environments that current methods like metal detectors and sniffer dogs have limitations. A special class of polymer, that emits light under certain circumstances, can detect explosives down to nearly a billionth of a kilogram. How can we use these with honeybee colonies to help find buried mines and other unexploded ordinance in the field?