Engineers Create Plants That Glow

Illumination from nanobionic plants might one day replace some electrical lighting.


Indicator proteins glow under ultraviolet light on the leaves of the nicotiana benthamiana plant, which is a close relative of tobacco, as a means to assess the success of bacteria spread at Icon Genetics on August 14, 2014 in Halle, Germany. (Photo by S

Illumination from nanobionic plants might one day replace some electrical lighting.

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MIT scientists use nanoparticles to engineer glowing plants

Imagine reading by plant light, and glow-in-the-dark trees instead of street lamps. That's on the horizon thanks to these engineers.

Two nanobionic light-emitting watercress plants shine onto 'Paradise Lost'. Reflective paper was used to increase the glow here. (Photo: Seon-Yeong Kwak at MIT)
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