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A bright idea! Genetically engineered plant glows so brightly it can be used as a LAMP

Many people set the mood for a romantic night in with candles, but now they could use a genetically engineered glowing plant for a date with a difference.

A light-producing plant called Starlight Avatar that glows like a firefly has been created by U.S. scientists.

Bioengineers spliced genes from bioluminescent bacteria with a pot plant to create the plant, which can be used as a lamp in the dark.

Bioglow, the company behind the innovation, which is based in St Louis, Missouri, claim Starlight Avatar is the first light-emitting plant.

It is a genetically-modified version of a regular pot plant called Nicotiana alata and glows continuously during its lifetime.

The firm is auctioning the first batch of glowing shrubs and taking pre-orders for further plants it is are currently nurturing.

This is excellent idea for changing the lamps in each city and town and bringing more natural surroundings  in the already polluted cities.

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Yes, dancing… the plant Desmodium gyrans as well known as Telegraph or dancer is a expert dancing with real instruments, yes only real instruments as she doesn’t like electronic devices, a clasic plant let’s say.

The plant is native to Asia, easy to raise from seed it will soon make a small shrub, but it is not hardy, preferring indoor temperatures of 22 to 35*C (71 to 95*F). The soil must be kept consistently moist, without drying out between watering. The perfect place for this plant is a light shade, since a direct sun is far too strong for its delicate nature.
The foliage is very simple; it has a very airy look to it with delicate stems that bear the leaves. It is a fascinating plant, perfect for children to grow and have fun with, the plants really do ‘dance’ in their own way.

A study done in 1998 says the movements are caused by the swelling and shrinking of motor cells in special organs buried deep within the leaves. The movement of water molecules causes the motor cells in the leaves to shrink or swell and, as the water enters and exits, the plant’s leaflets twitch. Experts say there is no particular sound it reacts to, though some believe that it does not respond well to electronic sounds. (as I said before).

Members of this genus are among the few plants capable of rapid movement. As far as we know the only four plants that show any leaf sensitivity movements are: Desmodium gyrans, Mimosa pudica the sensitive plant, Venus Fly Trap, and Averrhoa carambola the star fruit tree. These types of movements have been termed seismonastic movements. Darwin believed, the movements shook water droplets from its leaves following a heavy rainfall.

A study done in 1998 says the movements are caused by the swelling and shrinking of motor cells in special organs buried deep within the leaves. The movement of water molecules causes the motor cells in the leaves to shrink or swell and, as the water enters and exits, the plant’s leaflets twitch. Experts say there is no particular sound it reacts to, though some believe that it does not respond well to electronic sounds.

All these studies started with the goal of proving more information and to prove that plants have a system to comunicate between themselves. There are different ways like using the air to transport their chemicals to inform any danger to the next plant or by using the roots as mushrooms; this article may bring more details too.

So known when you see your mom talking to the plants you may joing her and dance together 😉

Permaculture is a branch of ecological design, ecological engineering, environmental design, construction and Integrated Water Resources Management that develops sustainable architecture, regenerative and self-maintained habitat and agricultural systems modeled from natural ecosystems.

The term permaculture (as a systematic method) was first coined by Australians Bill Mollison and David Holmgren in 1978. The word permaculture originally referred to “permanent agriculture” but was expanded to stand also for “permanent culture,” as it was seen that social aspects were integral to a truly sustainable system as inspired by Masanobu Fukuoka’s natural farming philosophy.

“Permaculture is a philosophy of working with, rather than against nature; of protracted and thoughtful observation rather than protracted and thoughtless labor; and of looking at plants and animals in all their functions, rather than treating any area as a single product system.” (Bill Mollison.

There are several publications with permaculture, so you will be pleanty of information if you are interested.