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Biotechnology

BIOLUMINESCENT LIGHTING

Glow Plant holds a strategic position in the newly emerging industry of bioluminescent plants and sustainable bio-lighting systems. Our long-term goals of commercializing bioluminescent lighting systems fuels our research and constant scientific breakthroughs. Plants serve as the foundation of our vision for sustainable lighting. By developing bioluminescent plants suitable for urban landscapes and commercial & residential spaces, we aim to reintroduce humanity to the beauty and wonder of nature. Our technologies offer a greener alternative to conventional accent lighting systems, minimizing environmental impact while maximizing visual appeal.

WHY PLANTS?

Developing bioluminescent plants as organic lighting systems to be used in urban landscape developments and commercial spaces is one of our core goals. Plants are already a wonder of nature that humanity has forgotten to appreciate. So let's remind people how beautiful and amazing they can be!

Sustainability
We are working to change the view on electrical lighting systems and move toward biological lighting systems. The impact our technologies have on the environment is far less than a single conventional light bulb.

Glow Plant Technology
Our glowing nanoparticle coating enables regular plants to glow for 3+ hours after 1-15 seconds of UV light exposure. It is designed to allow light, air and water to pass through while having a minimal effect on the plant. This is due to its unique matrix structure. It is non toxic to plants, humans and pets and is water based.

Commercialization
Glow Plant Inc. is consistently strengthening its position by arranging strategic licensing agreements, partnerships, and joint ventures with other organizations. We continue to build a solid retail presence within North America and will continue to grow.

BIOLUMINESCENT FUNGI

Fungi possess a simple bioluminescent system, with luciferin being only two enzymatic steps from its metabolic pathways. Glow Plant conducts research on a variety of rare bioluminescent species and offers commercial opportunities from time to time. Our mycology lab houses specimens such as; Mycena Chlorophos, Mycena Noctilucens, Neonothopanus Gardneri, Panellus Stipticus, Armillaria Mellea, Omphalotus Olearius and more!

BIOLUMINESCENT ALGAE

We also study bacterial luciferin found in marine biolological systems. Dinoflagellate luciferin is thought to be derived from chlorophyll, and has a very similar structure. At pH 8 (in the daytime due to photosynthesis) the molecule is "protected" from the luciferase by a "luciferin-binding protein", but when the pH lowers to around 6 (at night due to respiration), the free luciferin reacts and light is produced.

Projects

CURRENT DEVELOPMENTS

Glow Plants

Glow plants have been engineered to produce light through a process known as chemiluminescence. This process involves the release of energy in the form of light by a chemical reaction which occurs in a synthesized nanoparticle compound applied to the plant foliage. The compound has minimal interference with the plants natural growth and photosynthesis processes meaning it allows the plant to grow, breathe and absorb water. It is synthesized to be non-toxic and safe for air plants, humans and pets. Made from simple ingredients — and it's water-based.

 
HOW?
In the case of Glow Plants, the chemical reaction that produces light is triggered by a synthesized nanoparticle coating applied on the leaves of the plant. This coating is made up of small particles that are designed to absorb ultraviolet (UV) light, which is present in sunlight during the day and then release visible light when exposed to darkness at night. 

When UV light is absorbed by the nanoparticle coating, it triggers a chemical reaction and causes the slow release of energy in the form of visible light. This visible light is then emitted by the plant at night, creating the glowing effect.

The specific mechanism by which the nanoparticle coating produces light is known as photoluminescence. This process involves the absorption of energy by the coating material, which excites electrons within the material to a higher energy state. When these electrons return to their original energy state, they release energy in the form of light.

By engineering plants to produce light in this way, our researchers hope to create sustainable and energy-efficient sources of light that could be used for a variety of purposes, including as a source of illumination in commercial or urban settings, or as a way to reduce energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions associated with traditional lighting systems. 

Bioluminescent Microorganisms

Liquid cultures of bioluminescent non-pathogenic E.coli bacteria, engineered to contain bioluminescence from vibrio fischeri marine bacteria. 

This is a liquid culture of genetically modified bacterial specimens which provides both; An educational insight into what we are working on in the lab, and a visually stunning display of living light in the comfort and tranquility of your own home.

Vibrio Fischeri 

Are bioluminescent marine bacteria found abundantly in ocean environments. Primarily they can be found in symbiosis with other organisms such as the bobtail squid or flashlight fish. This bacteria exhibits bioluminescence through plasmid PJE202 which has been inserted into a strain of non-pathogenic terrestrial e. coli bacteria. 

E.Coli : non-pathogenic strain

Is an excellent candidate to allow people to grow safe microbial cultures in their own homes. It is resistant to temperature fluctuations and multiplies rapidly (6 hours).

HOW?

The engineered light produced by these microbial cultures is called Bioluminescence. These microbial broth cultures will only light up in the dark when gently swirled or shaken as the introduction of oxygen catalyzes their internal chemical/ biological reactions.

Do not drink Bioluminescent Bacteria! They are non-toxic but live in Lysogeny Broth (LB Nutrients) which is not digestible.

The bioluminescence or lifespan of these microbial cultures last for the following timeframes in the corresponding environmental conditions:

2-4 weeks when stored in the fridge at 4°C

3-5 days when stored in room temperature up to 25°C

Future Developments

Genetically Modified Autoluminescent Plants

The commercial release of genetically modified autoluminescent plants in Canada must be precisely tuned to allow for safe introduction to the environment. These plants will only be suitable as houseplants and will NOT survive the natural environment. We are working closely with CFIA and other organizations and policy makers/regulators to ensure our products and partner distribution agreements meet the strict standards of commercial sales of plants which contain novel traits. 

One of our top priorities is environmental and public protection. We ensure to follow all regulations set out by CFIA, Environment Canada, Health Canada, among others and aim to release such products by 2025 or earlier. 

Sales Abroad

We are working around the clock to introduce our products globally. We are constantly expanding and aim to open European and Eastern markets soon!

We urge International Distributors, Wholesalers and nurseries to contact us!

Sustainable Lighting Systems

Our vision is to become a leader in sustainable lighting and our mission is environmental sustainability and protection. Yes that's right! We create sustainable systems with sustainable practices!

Maintaining Carbon Neutrality

Glow Plant advocates on behalf of the environment. Our practices are environmentally friendly and sustainability is one of our key priorities. We offer Carbon Neutral Shipping on all orders and donate a portion of profits back into Canadian founded green technologies.

Want More?

Check out our FAQs page for more detailed information and please contact us if you wish to further discuss our developments.