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Bioluminescence: How Possible it Can Replace the Street Lights by Glowing Trees

In these times of budget cuts here and there, it is always very interesting idea to find ways we can find natural sources of lights on the streets in the form of bioluminescence in Plant and Trees. Although it seems that this mechanism of nature is more connected to the animal kingdom, it is not impossible that science can find a way to propagate biochemical process producing the glow in plants, because there are already 71 species of mushroom (Kingdom Fungi) that have this glowing mechanism. Article on Glowing Mushrooms: http://www.mykoweb.com/articles/BioluminescentFungi.html

Ronaldo Relador
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Very interesting thread.

Pamela Dupre
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Hi Ronaldo. That would be cool - to have trees that could naturally glow! Have you heard of Bioluminescent Bay in Vieques, Puerto Rico? I would love to see that. My daughter lives in San Diego and she talks about the Red Tide from time to time, too. There is an article in the Learning Center about this, too: Adapting to the Deep Sea:A Fun Activity with Bioluminescence
Carolyn

Carolyn Mohr
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Thats cool. I'v watched this video on the San Diego red tide: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9HcQlQlKt2w Red tide are algae, and there's a couple of fungi too that are bioluminescent. We are getting closer to plants. We can probably discover something that can make plants have the glow too.

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Thanks Carolyn for sharing. I am beginning to get more interested with the topic. I'm just actually playing on the idea coz I am into environmental science a lot and Im thinking of a lot of alternatives to current conventional energy sources. Bioluminescence is free, or it could atleast make energy really cheaper.

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Oh I found this one too in Australia: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0fbdzkt8Dd8&feature=related. I am just getting these link now. I never thought they are just everywhere, and there all in you tube.

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More articles on how bioluminescence works. http://science.howstuffworks.com/environmental/life/zoology/all-about-animals/bioluminescence.htm

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Okay, I have to admit it. When I first saw this thread I thought it was a little "out there." But it put my mental gears in motion. I couldn't help myself and I turned to Google. Low and behold, there is actual research into this and it sounds so COOL. How amazing would this be?

Glowing Trees Could Light Up City Streets

For me, this would fall under that category of, "What will they think of next?". I would love to see what a group of biology kids could think of with this as their inspiration.

Kendra Young
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Kendra,

This is awesome. Now we can raise our expectations higher coz it is seriously being studied now by genetic engineering people. How lovely it would be when that day comes. That would probably be one of the greatest inexhaustible energy in the planet.

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I have to admit that I was of the same mind as Kendra when I started reading this thread. I read the links and it sounds like an intriguing concept. I am going to date myself...but if this succeeds, then we will have come a long way from the glowing tobacco plants of the 1980s. This would be a huge energy saver if we could do away with street lamps. I wonder though...will these trees like the tobacco plants of old need to be watered with a luciferin based media to allow them to express the bioluminescence gene? In your research, Ronaldo, have you found anything that talks about the trees needing a luciferin supplement or are they capable of making their own luciferin like fireflies can?

Ruth Lehmann Hutson
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Ruth, From what I have read, the genetic engineers are working on transferring the traits that those organisms with bioluminescence to these non-glowing plants. I really hope they will succeed. I cant wait to dine outside under my glowing maple tree in front of the house. Awesome. That would be great picture to upload in facebook. lol.

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I find this plant interesting. And there's some more.

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Here's another proof, that we are getting closer to the realization.

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What about this?

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