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This is a discussion on Glow in the dark Orchids? within the Breeding & Hybridization forums, part of the Orchid Propagation category; Originally Posted by Daethen So, what is the end result listed as, plant or insect? ...
I've posted a pic of the plant in the OrchidTalk Orchid Forum on Facebook if you are interested to see what it looks like (in daylight)
In tropical region if something is glowing it will attract insects or any animals such as bat eating bugs, this abnormal plant cannot sustain in open atmosphere here, in Malaysia night beetles black and brown with different sizes will come and visit any light sources, it's also will chew if something that delicious to them including new stem and flowers. I can predict the fate of this plants. There is pros and cons any new genetic engineering especially involving living animals and plants.
Maybe what they should use is not the firefly but the humble Pyrethrum. If its gene(s) responsible for generating pyrethrin were used to impart this ability to orchids, they could be rendered resistant to many pests... no need to spray! (Unfortunately Vanilla and other food plants would have to be exempt, otherwise we would poison ourselves...) What d'you reckon folks?