GLOWING PLANTS!

Ever thought of trees glowing? Maybe now you should.. So, technical name for these type of plants is Bioluminescent plant. The first bioluminescent plant was made in 1986, with the addition of firefly luciferine.

There are a few species like jelly fish, fireflies etc.. On our planet that can glow. To make the glowing plants, the team first uses the Genome Compiler software to identify a plant’s DNA. The software then custom prints the sequence and then inserted into a plant.

The main sequence responsible for making the plant glow is known as luciferase (it can also be found in fireflies). Unlike the previously made Bioluminescent plants, where the plants aren’t so bright,  now scientists have been able to get the gene to recycle itself and make the plant especially bright.

Scientists say that the intensity of the light emitted by these Bioluminescent plants isn’t that high to replace streetlights. Hopefully someday we replace our street lights and table lamps with Bioluminescent plants.

Biodegrading plastic by bacteria!!

One of the main problem for our environment is Plastic, which is not biodegradable. The only thing we do with the left over plastic is burn them or dispose into oceans.

 As we know we produce plastics through oil. Well… Again that’s one of the most precious source to create energy. Researchers predict that the oil required to produce 9 normal sized plastic bags can be used to run a car up to  1km. But at the same time we are bound to the  productivity delivered by the plastics.

There are something called Phthalates in plastics. These phthalates are very harmful, they can cause cancer. Many of the oceans now a days are filled with these phthalates and cause the marine animals to die. In recent years scientists were experimenting on various bacterias which consume these phthalates.

So, scientists have now discovered that bacteria from the guts of a worm known to munch on food packaging can degrade polyethylene, the most common plastic. Reported in the ACS journal Environmental Science & Technology, the finding could lead to new ways to help get rid of the otherwise persistent waste, the scientists say.

The researchers turned to a plastic-eating moth larva, known as a waxworm. They found that at least two strains of the waxworm’s gut microbes could degrade polyethylene without a pretreatment step. They say the results point toward a new, more direct way to biodegrade plastic.

This topic was inspired by one of my friends question…

So, let me know what do you think..