About GLEAUX®

Gleaux® is a biotechnology company that developed the world’s first autoluminescent (light producing) plants based on the work of molecular biologist Dr. Alexander Krichevsky. Dr. Krichevsky’s original work was first published in this 2010 article in PLoS One, an international, peer-reviewed science journal. Gleaux® is continuously working at increasing the light output emitted by autoluminescent plants. The company’s vision is to develop novel ornamental plant varieties and green alternatives to electricity-consuming light sources. Gleaux® is headquartered at the Bio-Research & Development Growth (BRDG) Park at the Danforth Plant Science Center, St Louis, MO, USA, with Marketing and Public Relations in our Las Vegas and New Orleans offices. 

Built on decades of research.

In 2010, Dr. Alexander Krichevsky published his findings about “autoluminscent” plants in the international, peer-reviewed science journal PLoS One article titled “Autoluminescent Plants”. Featuring a successful, yet dimly lit prototype, Gleaux® proceeded to focus its efforts on increasing the light output strength of autoluminescent plants. Now, with several patents approved and more pending, the company is proud to continue pursuing the vision of creating new and exciting ornamental plant varieties and more sustainable, cleaner and affordable light sources.

Join our quest towards sustainable, beautiful light.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Formerly known as BioGlow Tech, Gleaux is a biotechnology company that developed the world’s first autoluminescent (light producing) plants based on the work of molecular biologist Dr. Alexander Krichevsky. Dr. Krichevsky’s original work was first published in this 2010 article in PLoS One, an international peer-reviewed science journal. 

The phenomenon of living organisms glowing in the nature is called bioluminescence. There are over twenty independently evolved bioluminescent mechanisms found in nature including fireflies, glowworms, bobtail squids, deep-sea anglerfish and bacteria. Autoluminescent plants, or plants that produce light, are created by introducing the light-emitting pathway from marine bacteria into a plant’s chloroplasts. Specific details of this process can be found in the 2010 peer-reviewed journal article.

Correct! However, a more accurate term is light-emitting. Because the mechanism itself is in the plant- in the tissue of the plant- the “glow” is always there. So if the plant is looked upon by the naked eye with any other light source in the same space (daylight, sunlight, light bulbs etc.) it will simply look like a green plant. However, if the plant is looked upon in total darkness (most say it takes their eyes several minutes to adjust to seeing in the dark) One should be able to see a subtle glow emitting from the plant.

Our plants are the world’s first autoluminescent plants. More specifically, all the components required for the light emission are produced by the plant itself without the need for UV light or any external chemical applications.

The short answer is no. Gleaux is the only company that holds USPTO-protected patents on the process and technology and we are the only company to successfully ship actual living plants (not seeds, or the promise of seeds) to customers. Our founder, Dr. Alex, began his research in 2007 and published his findings in 2010, several years prior to other “competitors” coming on the scene. There have been other attempts, but we are the only company to truly succeed in creating an autoluminescent plant.

It’s our version of the word “glow” with a French-Creole twist. Our operations personnel are proud citizens of the beautiful city of New Orleans. In celebration and harmony of Gleaux’s path thus far of creation, research, success, transition and continued success, we liken our company to the excited vibe and fresh rebirth of the great city of New Orleans – post Katrina.

It is. Autoluminescent plants are created by introducing the light-emitting pathway from marine bacteria into plant’s chloroplast genome, which is a form of genetic modification. However, Celestine™ and all our company products are ornamental in nature, not intended or suitable for consumption. It is not food and the company has no plans whatsoever to utilize this technology in consumable food items. Our ultimate goal is to continue enhancing the light output of our plants and flowers, with the goal of creating a cleaner, more sustainable and affordable replacement to electricity-consuming light sources.

It is an ornamental tobacco plant. The Celestine™ variety developed by the company is derived from the ornamental Nicotiana alata family of plants. The plants are not intended or suitable for consumption. For the first proof of concept product, we used tobacco because it is the most researched and well known platform for such transformations. Now that we know it works, we are working on other varieties as well.

With sufficient R&D our research team strongly believes we can achieve the following:

  • Introduce the ‘glowing’ trait to multiple varieties of plants
  • Increase the light output intensity
  • Change the color of the light
  • Light up different parts of the plant in different colors

With sufficient R&D we can introduce the glowing trait to many / most other plant varieties.

This particular variety has a life cycle of approximately 2-3 months and the glow will continue throughout its life cycle. The brightest light will emit from the plant’s younger tissues.

The light-emitting pathway cannot be transferred by pollen to other plant populations.

The short answer is, not yet. This second generation is brighter than the first, but still dim compared to the common light bulb. To see the light emission, one needs to be in total darkness (a closet is a great place) and wait for one’s eyes to fully adjust to the darkness (depending on eye adjustment anywhere from 5 minutes or longer). The larger the plant grows, the more light it emits. We are very excited that we have a small amount of next generation plants that have been successfully transferred from the sterile box environment in to a pot, and nearly one year later, have grown to 16″+ in size! We are continuing our research so that a potted plant will be available in 2017.

Any further questions or comments? We are here for you! Email us at hello@gleaux.com or connect with us on social media!

Gleaux®’s flagship product, the Celestine™, is now available to order. To purchase your Celestine™ online, please click here.

Thank you for your interest in Gleaux®! For general inquiries as well as press/media inquiries, please contact us at hello@gleaux.us or (504) 264-1516.

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