Tech we’d like to have: glowing foliage

Followers of James Cameron’s ‘Avatar’ will enjoy this 1. Effectively, a group of scientists have just announced they’d like to provide the world glowing crops! (Yes, you read that right). The proposed technology could, in the future, give us bioluminescent plants as an alternative to streetlights. The scientists’ eventual goal is to produce vegetation so light that you could study by them in otherwise entire darkness.

The thought is to work with a kind of genetic engineering (purposely: Synthetic Biology, where scientists synthesize the desired genes rather than purely splicing them in) that allows you to create a strain of plant that can glow, visibly, during the dark. Continue reading »