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The Plant that Glows in the Dark

Have you wondered why do you see a bluish glow in the coastal waters at night? If you walk by the beach at night and see a shining light, it is probably due to the result of a natural phenomenon known as bioluminescence.

Bioluminescence is the natural emission of light by a living organism produced by a chemical reaction.

We have read about animals, fungi, insects, fishes, etc., emitting light at night. But recently, scientists were able to create plants that glow in the dark

How did they create these glow-in-the-dark plants?

Scientists harnessed the ability of mushrooms to glow at night to engineer plants that give off a dim light. The DNA of those bioluminescent mushrooms was transferred into tobacco plants, making them glow.

This technology could be used to create flowers that can glow.

In newer experiments, scientists have also made the plants glow ten times brighter without damaging them.

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