British scientists create plants that glow

Published April 27, 2020

The basics: They did it using mush­room genes; pre­vi­ous attempts using genet­ics or nanopar­ti­cles either killed the plants or had light that did­n’t last long.

The excuse: “a fresh way for sci­en­tists to explore the inner work­ings of plants”.

The real­i­ty: the pos­si­bil­i­ty of “self-illu­mi­nat­ing Christmas trees”.

The future: Once they fig­ure out how to make the light respond to “envi­ron­men­tal, devel­op­men­tal, chem­i­cal or path­o­gen­ic stim­uli,” you’ll have plants that tell you when you’re sick … or gar­dens that deliv­er advertising.

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