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Would you buy a bioluminescent plant?

Asked by phaedryx (6129points) April 28th, 2013

Just came across this website:

They currently have a fully-funded kickstarter campaign:

In the future will we replace street lamps with glowing trees?

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cutiepi92's avatar

I do not think they could fully provide the same type of light that street lights do. It looks like they just kinda function like glowsticks. However, I would buy a bioluminescent plant to put in my house. In fact, I’d buy a bunch and set up a room so I’d feel like I’m in the avatar universe lol

LostInParadise's avatar

Rightly or wrongly, I feel uneasy about genetically modified plants. Native plants forever!, or at least as long as possible.

LuckyGuy's avatar

Do not expect the plant to light up your room. Photosynthesis is remarkably inefficient. It is on the order of 1.5% conversion efficiency. Compare that to a cheap solar cell which is 8–10% efficient. You can buy solar lights for $1.50 that will drive an LED for hours and will be at least an order of magnitude brighter.
If you want the plant for a novelty that is fine.

keobooks's avatar

I’ve seen some glowing fish and they were kinda cool. I guess they’d need a plant to keep them company.

Coloma's avatar

Very cool plants! I’d love to have a bunch of them around. As others have said though, they would not be adequate replacements for actual, artificial lighting.

Seek's avatar

Those would be awesome for lining your driveway.

KNOWITALL's avatar

Straight out of my scy-fy dreams, like a magical elven world. I’d buy some for sure!!

El_Cadejo's avatar

Ohhh fun more genetic manipulation of plants that should never occur.. – _ -

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