Luminiscent Plants for Mood Lighting

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Many of us are familiar with bioluminescence from summer evenings watching fireflies (or lightning bugs) flying low to the ground and emitting a soothing yellow-green light. This results from the reaction of the enzyme luciferase on the substrate luciferin. The reference to Lucifer may be a hint as to what people once thought of this magical glow. Bacteria and a variety of sea life have their own form of luminescent reactions. Many of these reactions have found there way into biology labs as markers and readouts of biological reactions. Now the company Bioglow has produced a bioluminescent house plant. It may not produce enough light to read by, but as emergency lighting or a mood glow they could be interesting. You can now replace candles for that romantic evening without an open flame or producing heat and smoke.