Nature’s Night Lights: USDA Gives Green Light to Bioluminescent Firefly Petunias!

By: | February 29th, 2024

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Idaho-based startup Light Bio has recently unveiled its groundbreaking creation—the “Firefly Petunias,” a first-of-its-kind bioluminescent plant that radiates an enchanting glow in the dark.

These innovative creations have received coveted regulatory approval from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), affirming their safety for cultivation and breeding.

A Horticultural Innovation – the fusion of nature and technology

The DNA of these plants has undergone a transformative process. Through the introduction of genes from naturally bioluminescent mushrooms, the company has ingeniously re-tooled the genetic makeup of these plants.

The Unique Appeal of Firefly Petunias in Home Decor

Firefly Petunias are a captivating addition to home decor, emitting a soft glow akin to moonlight. They grow easily in pots, baskets, or gardens, reaching 8 to 10 inches with abundant white flowers. Low-maintenance and adaptable, they thrive without special care.

The ‘magic’ of biotechnology to consumers

With the USDA’s green light, Light Bio is now positioned to introduce 50,000 of these bioengineered marvels into the homes of science enthusiasts throughout the United States. These captivating petunias are now available for pre-order at $29 for a 4-inch pot with developing buds on Light Bio’s website.

Nidhi Goyal

Nidhi is a gold medalist Post Graduate in Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences.

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