Fans of James Cameron’s ‘Avatar’ will be partial to this one. In essence, a group of scientists have now launched they’d like to provide the world glowing crops! (Yes, you read that right). The proposed tech could, someday, offer us bioluminescent plants rather than streetlights. The scientists’ eventual objective is to create vegetation so dazzling that you might study by them in otherwise total darkness.
The thought is to utilize a form of genetic engineering (purposely: Synthetic Biology, where scientists create the required genes instead of purely splicing them in) that allows you to produce a strain of plant which could glow, visibly, in the dark.
However, for much of the big discuss changing streetlamps, getting a potted plant to grow at all, is task one.
Noticeably, we have seen ‘glowing’ creatures and crops before, in fact, glowing zebra fish are a man-made invention which can be readily available in lots of pet stores. In those cases, a luminous jellyfish protein is spliced into the animal’s DNA, using the effect of making the animal glow, but only when exposed to ultraviolet light.
Why we would like it:
Dude, glowing trees.
When can we anticipate it?
As I said, its been done already. A few years ago, a different group of scientists made a glowing tobacco plant by infusing it with genes from a type of light-emitting bacterium that lives in the sea. The difficulty was, that the light emitted by the plant was not very dazzling. Actually, it was barely noticeable.
On the other hand, it’s not all doom and darkness (groan!). This could be the type of story that has for sale magazines and garners web hits, so anticipate it to accept a great deal of coverage. Where there’s coverage, there may be money and where there is money, there’s usually rapid growth. Thus far, the crowd to blame for dreaming up this idea has garnered a lot more than $250,000 on United states blog ‘Kickstarter.com’, so things are certainly moving ahead.
The possibility for glowing flower shows, bouquets of vivid flowers, light-emitting roses for restaurants and so forth will guarantee that enough people shall be donating to this idea, with more seeking to invest in the eventual harvest itself.
…And that’s before we even get the green implications of an power-efficient light resource. The science fiction author in me can’t help, but envisage this as a bold first step right into a biotechnological future, where everything, plus your computer, is self-sustaining. In the end, what may be the Human brain if not the ultimate biological PC?
Nevertheless, I do not know concerning the ‘Treetlamps’ (I really hope they don’t get called that), but we could expect the basic technology to emerge fairly soon, I think. This novel method absolutely has the possibility to accomplish its objectives, but it’s tough to suggest accurately whilst (or if) that might be. For now, I would give it 10 years, at least.
Cool Factor: 4/5
The environmental uses on their own are genuinely staggering. Additionally, the sights we could be treated to would be merely incredible. The list of functions for tech like that is as long as your arm and also the subject material is both exciting and worth discussing at events. Bring on the glowing trees, I say!