When you think about plants, it’s likely that your mind automatically goes for pretty things that sit in the corner of your living room or in your backyard — and the things that have the added bonus of purifying the air. However, have you ever thought about how plants that glow could potentially reduce our energy usage and our impact on the environment? We’re gonna go ahead and assume that you haven’t. To many people, it just seems like a fictitious concept.
Creating Something Incredible
There’s no doubt about the fact that we have some incredible scientists in this world, and many of them have worked hard throughout their lives to make scientific discoveries that will forever change how we live our lives. Well, a new report published in Nature Biotechnology has brought the work of 27 scientists to light — and their reports center around the plants that are often close by.
Glowing and Growing
Within their research, these scientists discovered that they could create plants that produced their very own visible luminescence. They took inspiration from the bioluminescence found in various mushroom strains, and they noticed that the metabolic make-up of these mushrooms wasn’t far off from common plants. When they inserted the DNA from the mushroom into these plants, the glow that was produced was brighter than they could have ever imagined.
Reducing Our Usage
Of course, this natural light could work wonders with regard to our everyday life. As a society that uses a huge amount of energy to light countless objects on a daily basis, these glowing plants could come in pretty handy. In fact, many scientists believe that their uses could be limitless and that they could also help to reduce our negative impact on the environment. What could be better for that?
Who knows, maybe plants that glow could be the power of the future? We can’t wait to see what happens next.