Geneticists Plan to Create Glowing Trees

Glowing Plant Project
Glowing Plant Project
Glowing Plant ProjectGlowing Plant Project
 

Trees have plenty of uses beyond wood flooring, and now one company is working to add another: no-emission lighting. The crowd-funded Glowing Plant Project has spliced bioluminescent genes from fireflies into Arabidopsis plants-the first plant to have its entire genome sequenced-and project founder Antony Evans hopes one day to light streets with bioluminescent trees. For $50, contributors can receive seeds for a glowing Arabidopsis plant, and for $300, they can get a kit to genetically alter a plant at home. The Kickstarter campaign far exceeded its fundraising goal of $65,000, bringing in $484,013 from 8,433 backers. The big lingering question: Will the bioluminescent wood be compatible with wood floor finishes?

 

See the Glowing Plant Project's Kickstarter campaign video:

 

 

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