Glow in the dark spuds
ilima at ev1.net
Tue Dec 19 14:00:21 EST 2000
I'm just curious - "injecting" plants with a material doesn't sound like genetic engineering. Does anyone know if the "injecting" is actually "inserting" of the gene?
----- Original Message -----
From: Bob Batson
To: market farming
Sent: Tuesday, December 19, 2000 12:00 PM
Subject: Re: Glow in the dark spuds
At 12:02 AM -0500 12/19/00, Jeff <jeff at emarketfarm.com> wrote:
>re: "Glow in the Dark Spuds called 'Agriculture of the Future'"
> I've been following this list-serve for quite sometime and have come
>to appreciate the "grassroots" comments posted here by farmers nationwide.
> As an agricultural journalist and direct-marketing small farmer, I
>thought the following story (which just came across the AP wires) would
>be of interest to this group. The full story is posted below.
>New Super-Spud Glows Green to Ask for Water
>LONDON (Reuters) - Scientists have pioneered a genetically modified
>``super potato'' which glows when it needs water, the head of the
>project said on Monday.
>Researchers at Edinburgh University injected potato plants with a
>fluorescence gene borrowed from the luminous jellyfish aequorea
>victoria, which causes their leaves to glow green when dehydrated.
>``This is an agriculture of the future,'' Professor Anthony Trewavas
>told Reuters. ``We were trying to design a way of monitoring the
>resources within a field and decided it was the plant itself which has
>The potatoes are not intended to be eaten but would act as
>''sentinels,'' planted beside the commercial crop to alert a farmer that
>the rest of his field needed watering.
Another article about these potatoes can be found at
and makes no mention that these are intended to be "sentinel" plants.
Is Reuters right or not?
Bob Batson L 39 12 14 N 94 33 16 W
rcb at kc.rr.com Kansas City
TCS - Mystic Fire Priest USDA Zone 5
Under the most controlled conditions, the experimental apparatus
will do exactly as it pleases.
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