Fans of the movie Avatar will love this one: a plant that glows. The Biobulb may be the first step to a sustainable light source.
Imagine going to sleep by the soft glow of a nightlight. Now imagine that nightlight is a living plant.
Engineered by molecular biologist Alexander Krichevsky, the light generating plant is a success that has been long in the making, ever since the 1980s, when a different research team tried to create a glowing plant by adding a firefly’s gene to a tobacco plant. That previous attempt notably failed.
Krichevsky’s plant, named the Starlight Avatar, was engineered using genes from marine bacteria to create a plant that produces its own glow. The first batch of plants were sold at auction hundreds of dollars per plant, but Krichevsky has launched a new company, Bioglow to make these plants more practical and accessible to the average homeowner.
The first product to be released for sale will be the Biobulb, a self contained unit with plant that will offer the dim ambient glow of starlight to a room. Maintenance is easy. The plant requires some indirect sunlight to thrive with an optimal room temperature of 75 degrees F, but will do well as long as the temperature does not drop below 60 degrees F. No watering is needed, as the container provides 100 percent humidity to the plant.
Each Biobulb contains one plant and will be sold for the affordable price of $30.
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