Tag: Bart Weetjens
Already a hero in Southern Africa for its ability to sniff out landmines, the African giant pouched rat is once more turning out to be a lifesaver by accurately detecting the presence of tuberculosis bacteria in human sputum samples.
• SA mine detector gets top recognition
Fields of unexploded landmines in once war-torn African countries wreak havoc on both lives and economies, and are costly and difficult to defuse. Now a Belgian engineer has devised a quick, safe and low-tech method of demining these fields – using rats.