Glowing Plants Aim to Replace Your Night Light

Tuesday, May 7th 2013. | Around The Home

If I could grab some glowing plants I saw in the most watched movie ever, Avatar, I probably wouldn’t need any night light anymore. It may sound like a wild dream right now but some people have initiated the first step to realize it. No, they won’t launch a space explorer to find a planet like in Avatar. Instead, they’re currently attempting to alter the genetics of the plants, so they don’t only exude beauty and good smell but also precious light.

Glowing Plants: Natural Lighting with no Electricity

It is Antony Evans and friends who become the main figures behind these Glowing Plants. Basically, the team attempts to recreate DNA sequences that can give the plants the ability to glow in the dark. The said DNA will then be injected to the plants called Arabidopsis, with a help from a particular type of bacteria. From the injected plants, many seeds containing the manipulated DNA can be harvested.

The best part of this news is that you actually have the chance to grab some of those special Arabidopsis seeds and plant them on your backyard. Indeed, Evans has launched a campaign at Kickstarter and for a minimum pledge of $40 you donate to help the plants development, you’ll be rewarded with up to 100 seeds. Check out the pitch video below!

In case you doubt that the team can actually make these Glowing Plants come true, you might be interested to know that the team consists of a biochemistry and molecular biology PhD as well as a mathematics master. Now before you rush your way to Kickstarter, you should know that in this first stage, the plant won’t glow bright enough as to replace your bulb. But the genes have been found, so with some tweaks in the future, we might see them appear again with a lot brighter glow.

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