The Wall Street Journal recently published an article
entitled “Instead of Computer Code, ‘Plant Hackers’ Tinker With
Genetics.” In this incredible article, a plant researcher named Sebastian Cocioba talks about his work in
genetically modifying plants to make a blue rose and “plants that have
never been seen.”
This growing trend of bio-engineering plants has become quite the goal
for plant hackers and synthetic biology startups that want to create
everything from plants that glow to color-changing plants. While these plants have been possible in
the past, the research and experimentation proved to be incredibly
time-consuming and expensive. With the advances of the technology of
today, these goals are more easily obtainable. When asked about the
future of genetic engineering, the engineers thought it was plausible to
think that teenagers of tomorrow could have ideas for plants and make
them the same way mobile apps are made today.
For this young group of plant hackers, there is no prize bigger or
more sought after than the “true” blue rose. Although “blue” roses are
available from your local florist, they aren’t really “true” as they are
simply dyed. This mythical flower doesn’t actually exist in nature. The
closest anyone has ever come to making a “true” blue rose was when
Suntory Holdings Ltd. Created a Japanese whisky consortium. This blue
rose actually appears lavender in color to the human eye, but the
company is continuing their
work to try and create an even bluer rose. What comes after that? A new
kind of moss that will smell of patchouli that could one day be a
replacement for air fresheners. Another major target for plant hackers
are glowing plants that are created using DNA from bioluminescent
fireflies and jellyfish.What could genetically “hacking” plants actually do for indoor plants
and the interior plant care industry? Imagine the perfect indoor plant that only
required a minimal amount of light and water! After all, finding plants that
perform well in low light settings is the “Holy Grail” of the indoor plant
world. The problems and diseases that plague some
plants could be gone forever. How about plants the consume more carbon dioxide and VOCs and produce more oxygen than they already do? With the continuing advancement of
technology, the possibilities for indoor plants, and all plants for that
matter, are truly infinite.
If you would like to read more on the genetic modification of plants, check out the article from The Wall Street Journal here.
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