Engineers create plants that glow : Illumination from nanobionic plants might one day replace some electrical lighting. ~ helpBIOTECH

14 May 2019

Engineers create plants that glow : Illumination from nanobionic plants might one day replace some electrical lighting.



The light-emitting plants, which debuted in 2017, are not genetically modified to produce light. Instead, they are infused with nanoparticles that turn the plant’s stored energy into light, similar to how fireflies glow. 

“The transformation makes virtually any plant a sustainable, potentially revolutionary technology,” says Michael Strano, the Carbon P. Dubbs Professor of Chemical Engineering at MIT. “It promises lighting independent of an electrical grid, with ‘batteries’ you never need to charge, and power lines that you never need to lay.”

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