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Man-Made Luminescent Plants

Researchers at MIT are Getting Closer to Creating Plant-Based Lighting

— February 1, 2018 — Tech
Luminescent plants may soon be available as specialists at MIT have taken the first steps in turning plants into functional lights. Fitting into the field of nanobionics, these new experiments embed plants with a firefly enzyme causing the leaves to glow. Current research has caused plants to glow for nearly four hours, and continued work in this field may eventually lead to low-intesity indoor lighting.

To create the luminescent plants, researchers impregnate plants with a solution comprised of luciferase -- the enzyme that grants fireflies luminescence -- and nanoparticles. The result of this combination leads to a dim light projected off the leaves of the plant. Current testing has been focused on leafy greens and was been be used on argula, kale, spinach and watercress.

The plan for this research is to eventually have plants act as efficient and viable sources of light. For ecological reasons this makes sense as plants can self repair, produce their own energy and do not require man made power. Further research intends to discover a way to inhibit the luciferase nanoparticles so users can turn off the light. These further explorations will hopefully lead to widespread use of luminescent plants as a replacement for man made lighting.
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