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This Houseplant Can Emit Its Own Light

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This glowing houseplant gets its luminescence from science.

This Houseplant Can Emit Its Own Light

Image source: by Dan Saunders from bioglowtech.com

Dr. Alex Krichevsky, a molecular biologist, created a new type of glowing greenery called autoluminescent plants. Uncovering the process that makes this possible, his application is being said to be the first that can create plants capable of generating their own light.

Scientists have been looking into light applications for a while; however this plant system is able to produce its own light using a bioluminescent process that does not rely on another source. The plants get their glow by a genetic modification process that alters the structure of the plant to include glowing emission properties from marine bacteria.

The plant based on the original innovation is available on the retail market from a biotechnology company called Bioglow. It is called the Starlight Avatar, which is a variety of the Nicotiana alata plant.

This Houseplant Can Emit Its Own Light

Image source: plosone.org

The ornamental plant can be grown indoors and emits a light bluish-green glow for as long as 3 months. Reportedly there are future plans to add other colors, like red and yellow, to the series.

This Houseplant Can Emit Its Own Light

Image source: by Dan Saunders from bioglowtech.com

Krichevsky proposes that this plant technology would be useful for landscaping, roadways and in other public and residential lighting applications.

Read more about the autoluminescent plants and how they work at Bioglow, and the full research article is available from the November, 2010 publication in PLOS ONE.

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