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Cities to be Lit by Bioluminescent Trees

by Greg Bernhardt
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Greg Bernhardt
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Apr1-14, 11:14 AM
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Future Cities Lit by Beautiful Bioluminescent Trees
http://blog.suny.edu/2014/03/future-...nescent-trees/

A laboratory at Stony Brook University, working with designer Dann Roosegaarde, has developed a glowing plant by merging luciferin–which is the chemical that enables fireflies to glow–with a simple plant. The result is a plant, in dirt, that glows. Naturally.
And it is awesome.
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How about house plants? We could light our homes with them!
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Cities to be Lit by Bioluminescent Trees

There is a large chemical company that has a huge experimental farm near me. There is actually a guard shack at the entrance, it looks like a military compound. One night, a few years ago, as I was cresting a hill near the farm, I noticed that one of their cornfields had an eerie green glow. I googled and found references to experiments to make corn glow, no idea what I saw.
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There is a large chemical company that has a huge experimental farm near me. There is actually a guard shack at the entrance, it looks like a military compound. One night as I was cresting a hill near the farm, I noticed that one of their cornfields had an eerie green glow. I googled and found references to experiments to make corn glow.
What is the upside to glowing corn? Novelty popcorn?
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What is the upside to glowing corn? Novelty popcorn?
You can pick corn at night. I guess it was just to see if it could be done. Of course, they could have placed green glowing lights all through the field, you could not see the fields normally, they are surrounded by high walls.
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Future Cities Lit by Beautiful Bioluminescent Trees
http://blog.suny.edu/2014/03/future-...nescent-trees/
Poor fireflies, they'll be so confused!
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What is the upside to glowing corn? Novelty popcorn?
At one point, researchers were discussing making plants that bioluminesce in response to injury from pests or disease. I have no idea if anyone has gone forward with that idea.
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The idea's not all that original:

http://www.pnas.org/content/87/23/9183.full.pdf
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How about engineering it into fruit, so they'll glow at a perfect time to eat. Or in animal muscle tissue, to glow when meat is spoiled. Possibilities are endless, but will society let such freak products free into nature?
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Sheldon Cooper already got his goldfish which glow in the dark.
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The result is a plant, in dirt, that glows. Naturally.
I don't subscribe to the views of the people depicted in nsaspook's post, but I don't agree that the the adjective "naturally" applies here.
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I see this thread was actually posted on April 1st, April Fools day, but I just had to respond that I want one of those trees. NOW!


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