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Glowing Plants Can Light Up the Night Sky? A Review
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  • Bolong Li,
  • Ru Chen,
  • Chenba Zhu,
  • Fantao Kong
Bolong Li
Dalian University of Technology
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Ru Chen
Dalian University of Technology
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Chenba Zhu
Dalian University of Technology
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Fantao Kong
Dalian University of Technology
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Abstract

Luminescence, a physical phenomenon that producing cool light in vivo, has been found in bacteria, fungi and anminals but not yet in terrestrial higher plants. Through genetic engineering, it is feasible to introduce luminescence system into living plant cells as biomarkers. Recently, some plants transformed with luminescent systems can glimmer in darkness, which can be observed by our naked eyes and provide a novel lighting resource. In this review, we summarized the development of luminescence in plant cells, followed by exampling the successful cases of glowing plants transformed with diverse luminescent systems. The potential key factors to optimize a glowing plant are also discussed. Our review is useful for the creation of the optimized glowing plants, which can be used not only in scientific research, but also as promising substitutes of artificial light sources in the future.

Peer review status:UNDER REVIEW

13 Apr 2021Submitted to Biotechnology and Bioengineering
14 Apr 2021Assigned to Editor
14 Apr 2021Submission Checks Completed
14 Apr 2021Reviewer(s) Assigned