Sunday, March 8, 2015

Glowing Plants and Glow-in-the-dark Trees

This is such a cool subject. I've had plenty of disagreements with certain aspects of genetic engineering over the years, but this one sounds innovative in a good way. One of their campaign slogans from the research group is "use trees to light our streets instead of electric street lamps." However, this isn't exactly a new idea. During the '80s, a group of scientists used firefly genes with tobacco plants to genetically engineer glow-in-the-dark plants.

Of course, trees take a long time to grow, which makes the idea of replacing street lights with glowing trees a bit futuristic, to say the least. They'll need lots of funds to get the ball rolling, too. Their "Glowing Plant Project" video was their initial fundraiser, found here: www.kickstarter.com/projects/antonyevans/glowing-plants-natural-lighting-with-no-electricit

It appears that they have raised more than enough money to get this thing started, going by the figures found on their video page. Even if the trees weren't very successful, the smaller plants could still replace nightlights, I suppose. Well, instead of reading about what I think of this nifty project, if interested, read more about it, here: http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/creating-a-new-kind-of-night-light-glow-in-the-dark-trees-9600277/

Image Credit: Already provided within the post.

---End of Post "Glowing Plants and Glow-in-the-dark Trees"

No comments:

Post a Comment