Space Plants Get Glowing Review Wired News

Researchers say a genetically altered mustard plant that glows when it’s in trouble could be an important step toward the human colonization of Mars. University of Florida scientists spliced a fluorescent gene from a jellyfish into the Arabidopsis mustard plant anticipating that it will activate the glow under adverse conditions such as drought or disease. By studying these effects, they hope to begin discovering how to sustain plant — and eventually human — life on Mars.