Plants That Provide Light

Plants That Provide Light

Are you READY FOR THE FUTURE? ~ Will lighting your yard and our highways soon be done with plants? Starlight Avatar,’ the first auto luminescent plant, is about to hit the market from biotechnology company Bioglow. Not is mass production and certainly not at a reasonable price but this may be the future. Bioglow was founded by molecular biologist Dr. Alex Krichevsky, who has worked for more than six years to develop the world’s first auto luminescent or light-producing plants. “Similar to fireflies and other luminous organisms found in nature, the auto luminescent plant’s light emission machinery is encoded on a cellular level, allowing the plant to constantly emit visible light during its lifecycle,” the company’s website explains. “Bioglow’s work is dedicated to bringing  a cleaner, sustainable and affordable plant-based light alternatives to the world.” Next steps for the company include continued work on producing additional glowing plant varieties and enhancing the light output on future Bioglow plants. Currently, plants emit blue-green colored light, and additional colors including yellow and red may be introduced in the future. Bioglow envisions the use of its plants for lighting backyards, driveways and highways, among others. The bad news is the lifespan. Starlight Avatar’ is a nicotiana plant with a two to three month lifespan. Light emitted from ‘Starlight Avatar’ is described as comparable in strength to starlight, with a dim, ambient glow that is best-appreciated in a darkened room. Opening bids will start at $100 per plant and buyers will be required to purchase plants under a limited-use licensing agreeing to use it for “personal, ornamental, non-research and non-commercial use only.”

Photo: Are you READY FOR THE FUTURE? ~ Will lighting your yard and our highways soon be done with plants?<br /><br />
Starlight Avatar,’ the first auto luminescent plant, is about to hit the market from biotechnology company Bioglow. Not is mass production and certainily not at a reasonable price but this may be the future.<br /><br />
Bioglow was founded by molecular biologist Dr. Alex Krichevsky, who has worked for more than six years to develop the world’s first auto luminescent or light-producing plants.<br /><br />
“Similar to fireflies and other luminous organisms found in nature, the auto luminescent plant’s light emission machinery is encoded on a cellular level, allowing the plant to constantly emit visible light during its lifecycle,” the company’s website explains. “Bioglow’s work is dedicated to bringing  a cleaner, sustainable and affordable plant-based light alternatives to the world.”<br /><br />
Next steps for the company include continued work on producing additional glowing plant varieties and enhancing the light output on future Bioglow plants. Currently, plants emit blue-green colored light, and additional colors including yellow and red may be introduced in the future. Bioglow envisions the use of its plants for lighting backyards, driveways and highways, among others.<br /><br />
The bad news is the lifespan. Starlight Avatar’ is a nicotiana plant with a two to three month lifespan. Light emitted from ‘Starlight Avatar’ is described as comparable in strength to starlight, with a dim, ambient glow that is best-appreciated in a darkened room. Opening bids will start at $100 per plant and buyers will be required to purchase plants under a limited-use licensing agreeing to use it for “personal, ornamental, non-research and non-commercial use only.”


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