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Glow in the dark plants (GMO) will be hitting market.  RSS feed

 
Amedean Messan
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I wasn't sure where to post this but I thought people here would be interested so I decided to share it.

I have been following this event for roughly 2 years now. A number of startups have started prototype plants that are designed to glow in the dark by mixing genes of of other organisms which produce bioluminescence through chemical means which requires no UV to achieve. Besides the obvious, demand for these plants in my mind will no doubt be huge. I have mixed feelings about all this, not knowing enough to develope a good opinion and though yes I do think the idea is enchanting it is also a Pandora's box creeping open. One startup last year Glowing Plants raised $484,013 dollars on Kickstarter. The video posted below is from their recent update on their work.




Another company, Bio Glow Tech has accually succeeded in producing a glow in the dark plant prototype, however the glow strength is not at their target range. They are currently trying to increase the strength of these plants. I pulled some photos of the prototype from their website and posted below.




 
David Livingston
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Er why? Apart from novelty value, would you want a garden that glows in the dark . Plus this must be a big energy drain for the plants , so they will be difficult to grow ,so indoor only I think unless you want to set them up to help rabbits find their way home at night

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Landon Sunrich
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I had a high school teacher who was all about this sort of thing 10 years ago. He envisioned glowing trees replacing street lamps lining the boulevards of the world. We used to play with glowing jelly fish genes and electro gel processes.

Personally having worked many an (organic) production farm I dread this sort of thing. Making plants visible and thus harvest able 24 hours a day?

Sounds like an opportunity to get a lot more work out of your employes.

I've already had my fill of harvesting Tomatoes by headlamp because the greenhouses were to sweltering during the day thank you very much... I have no desire to add field crops to the night harvest list - seems like a recipe for turning 60 hour weeks into 90 hour weeks.

A brave new world indeed.
 
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