(PRWEB UK) 20 August 2013
Scientists at the University of Wisconsin are working on a biological light bulb, according to Discovery.com (15th Aug). The ‘Biobulb’ will consist of a light bulb filled with a genetically engineered type of E. coli, usually found in the intestine. These will be modified to glow in the dark with bioluminescence genes such as those found in jellyfish. The bulb will also contain microorganisms to feed the E. coli, which in turn can be fed with light during the day so it can power itself.
It is not yet known how bright the light emitted might be, but research is being done to find which bioluminescence proteins would work best. The project is still being developed, but the bulb would not require electricity, meaning it could offer an energy-saving option for lighting.
AnaElise Beckman, Alexandra Cohn and Michael Zaiken, who are currently undergraduate students, wrote on their project (16 Aug):
“The goal of the Biobulb is to create an ecosystem in a jar. The ecosystem will consist of several different microbes, each of which plays a role in nutrient recycling and population control. The result is a closed ecosystem that will sustain itself with the addition of just light.”
Lights 4 Living, a leading provider of high quality home lighting, follow developments in the industry closely. A representative for the company commented on the new research:
“This is a very exciting idea that could mean a revolution in sustainable energy. The amount of light produced from this kind of bulb will dictate how it could be used. It is always important to consider the intensity of light you want when choosing lighting for your home. A lot of people these days want functional lighting solutions, but also something which can create an ambient atmosphere.”
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