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Color Changing Flowers
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Nikolai Braun
Fort Collins, United States
$21,697 USD raised by 0 backers
29% of $75,000 
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We may have missed our mark on the crowdfunding campaign, but beautiful biology will continue on. Visit us at www.revolutionbio.co to see the latest updates!  

It's a gardener's dream - a unique, beautiful, and personal plant


In June last year, did you suddenly realize that your border really needs more red in it? Now you don't need to re-plant, you can just change the color of your flowers! 

This petunia has creamy white blossoms, but when you water it with our special solution flowers turn from white to vibrant red in 24 hours - and then stays red for the life of the flower.  To return to white, just water with regular H20. All of the new flowers will be white. 

Color changing flowers are just the first step in personalized plants. We hope you'll join us in planting a whole new garden. 


Why do you need a color changing flower? 

  • You love plants!  Your garden is full of rare and unique plants and you're looking for a beautiful addition no one else will have. 
  • You are an educator! and you want a cool, hands on way to share science with your students.   
  • You are an artist! You love the intersection between science and art, and this flower represents the challenges and opportunities there. 
  • You think biotechnology is the coolest thing out there! You want to share that with your friends & family with a piece of beautiful biotech everyone can enjoy. 

Why color changing flowers? 

  • They're pretty darn cool!
  • Everyone loves petunias - we buy about 11 million of them in the US every year
  • There are decades of incredible research behind our flowers & we're working with experts to develop these flowers. 
  • They're the beginning of a whole new way of thinking about biology. We can work with it, not against it, to build a beautiful sustainable future.

Making flowers change color was artificial, slow, and out of your control. 


For cut flowers, you needed dyes or chemicals, neither of which color the flower fully and completely.  Florists sometimes remedy this with spray paint to get the brilliant hues you see in your average daisy bouquet.   Who wants to smell spray paint? 

The color changing flowers you grow in your garden, hydrangeas for example, change color slowly, and according to a complex network of environmental cues that you might not be able to control. We've taken the guessing out of it with the color-changing petunia - just share a beer with the plant and watch it change color in hours! 


How does it work?

Add ethanol to the soil just once (the other half of the beer you use to catch slugs maybe), and flowers turn a vibrant red.  That's it!


Here's what people are saying: 

"So beautiful, and my kids will think they're magic flowers!"  - Laurie, N.

Your flowers connect science with people through beauty! - Alicia L.

"Excellent. Flowers are beautiful, especially if they change color" - Tom R.  

"Truly beautiful science!" - Heather U.


What do you get?


 

We're Revolution Bio


We are Keira Havens and Nikolai Braun, plant molecular biologists passionate about biotechnology.   One day we decided the time was right to take a daring step outside the comforts of the laboratory and make something beautiful and functional. Learn more at our FAQ!


Risks & Challenges

Science is one big experiment - sometimes it doesn't work.  One risk here is that we'll run into unexpected obstacles and the project will take longer than advertised.

We've done our best to minimize this risk - we're working with a great team, on an appropriate timeline, with a reasonable goal.  We are experienced professionals, and prior to this have years of success making plants that change color.  We have a rock star team assembled to deliver this project, plus, we already  have a functional color-changing flower now. 

We are devoted to using safe biotechnology practices, and preventing the unintended spread of these strains. We will not release a plant unless we know that it is safe-- for people and for the environment. A big part of this, for us, is doing it right. And engaging the public in a conversation about the real risks and rewards or this set of technologies.

Right now, we are able to follow a streamlined regulatory pathway that will allow us to ship these flowers in the USA.  Regulations in other countries are more difficult to navigate, and it may be that regulatory concerns will prevent us from either exhibiting the art installation or distributing these flowers to households outside the USA.  Even though the project is a year and a half from completion, we have already started working with regulatory teams in the USA and the UK.  Global friends, if you'd like to support this project, we encourage you to buy some of the fantastic art available.  

For more on environmental risk assessment, please see our FAQ.

We're excited about building a more beautiful future with you. 

Perks
$10
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What a great idea!
Love the idea, but not ready to commit to a plant? You can still help! Your $10 contribution supports great science and gets you on the most interesting mailing list around. Please join us as we bring science and art together in one incredible effort. Thank you for your support!
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Color changing drink mix
A toast to color changing flowers! This powder drink mix uses anthocyanins to add some magic to your glass. Squeeze a lemon in and watch your drink change colors instantly!
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The Color Changing Flower!
The real deal, flowers that change color on demand! Three petunia plants delivered to you (USA only). Plant them just like you would your other garden-store petunias for a season of color-changing fun. This is cutting edge science; plan on delivery in spring 2017 at the earliest.
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DONATE color changing petunias
Teach the next generation about biotechnology! The color changing flowers are a powerful hands on learning tool for students of all ages. We'll provide three color changing flowers and a lesson plan on DNA, gene regulation, and genetic engineering to a teacher and a school of your choice.
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Green Light - signed hardcover
George Gessert has explored plant breeding as art throughout his career. In Green Light he examines contemporary bioart - Ionat Zurr, Eduardo Kac, and many more. This lovely hardcover is signed by the author Includes a color changing petunia to be delivered May 2017!
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THREE color changing flowers!
The real deal, flowers that change color on demand! Three petunia plants delivered to you (USA only). Plant them just like you would your other garden-store petunias for a season of color-changing fun. This is cutting edge science; plan on delivery in spring 2017.
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$125
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ART PRINT: Petunia Mechanica
We're engineering a brand new type of petunia and artist Tom Varani is creating a custom print of a mechanical petunia exclusive to this campaign. It is an incredible vision of "bio-engineering" - see it in the perks section of the story & then contribute to get this reward! See Tom Varani's other work at http://tomvarani.blogspot.com/
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ART PRINT: Petunia circadia
Artists Kerry Lemon has created a unique petunia-themed artworks just for us! This limited print run brings together biology and art and shows the Petunia Circadia concept flower transitioning from blue to pink. Visit Kerry's website to see more of her work: http://www.kerrylemon.co.uk
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VIP BioFabricate Experience
Explore Biofabricate, the conference Entrepreneur says is "one of the top conferences worth the time and money in 2015, alonside Pop Tech and TED." Companies and artists at the cutting edge of the bio-economy will share their projects and perspectives. In addition, you'll enjoy a private roundtable discussion about the future of consumer biotechnology with RevBio and special guests. Don't miss it!
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Floral Etch-a-Sketch
Play with your plants! We'll deliver you a whole new garden of our color changing petunias - you draw a design in the flowerbed with strategic watering, turning your design red while the rest of the flowers remain white. Designs will last for approximately 5 days before being replaced with fresh white flowers. Draw a new picture every week of the summer!
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Personalized plants!
You want it, we'll make it! Let's make a truly one-of-a-kind flower for you or your sweetheart.
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Perks
$10
USD
What a great idea!
Love the idea, but not ready to commit to a plant? You can still help! Your $10 contribution supports great science and gets you on the most interesting mailing list around. Please join us as we bring science and art together in one incredible effort. Thank you for your support!
0 claimed
Estimated May 2015
Estimated May 2015
Get this perk
$25
USD
Color changing drink mix
A toast to color changing flowers! This powder drink mix uses anthocyanins to add some magic to your glass. Squeeze a lemon in and watch your drink change colors instantly!
0 out of 100 claimed
Ships Worldwide
Estimated May 2015
Estimated May 2015
Get this perk
$42
USD
The Color Changing Flower!
The real deal, flowers that change color on demand! Three petunia plants delivered to you (USA only). Plant them just like you would your other garden-store petunias for a season of color-changing fun. This is cutting edge science; plan on delivery in spring 2017 at the earliest.
0 out of 200 claimed
Estimated May 2015
Estimated May 2015
Get this perk
$60
USD
DONATE color changing petunias
Teach the next generation about biotechnology! The color changing flowers are a powerful hands on learning tool for students of all ages. We'll provide three color changing flowers and a lesson plan on DNA, gene regulation, and genetic engineering to a teacher and a school of your choice.
0 out of 50 claimed
Estimated May 2017
Estimated May 2017
Get this perk
$75
USD
Green Light - signed hardcover
George Gessert has explored plant breeding as art throughout his career. In Green Light he examines contemporary bioart - Ionat Zurr, Eduardo Kac, and many more. This lovely hardcover is signed by the author Includes a color changing petunia to be delivered May 2017!
0 out of 30 claimed
Estimated May 2017
Estimated May 2017
Get this perk
$99
USD
THREE color changing flowers!
The real deal, flowers that change color on demand! Three petunia plants delivered to you (USA only). Plant them just like you would your other garden-store petunias for a season of color-changing fun. This is cutting edge science; plan on delivery in spring 2017.
0 out of 100 claimed
Estimated May 2017
Estimated May 2017
Get this perk
$125
USD
ART PRINT: Petunia Mechanica
We're engineering a brand new type of petunia and artist Tom Varani is creating a custom print of a mechanical petunia exclusive to this campaign. It is an incredible vision of "bio-engineering" - see it in the perks section of the story & then contribute to get this reward! See Tom Varani's other work at http://tomvarani.blogspot.com/
0 out of 150 claimed
Estimated May 2015
Estimated May 2015
Get this perk
$150
USD
ART PRINT: Petunia circadia
Artists Kerry Lemon has created a unique petunia-themed artworks just for us! This limited print run brings together biology and art and shows the Petunia Circadia concept flower transitioning from blue to pink. Visit Kerry's website to see more of her work: http://www.kerrylemon.co.uk
0 out of 150 claimed
Estimated May 2015
Estimated May 2015
Get this perk
$2000
USD
VIP BioFabricate Experience
Explore Biofabricate, the conference Entrepreneur says is "one of the top conferences worth the time and money in 2015, alonside Pop Tech and TED." Companies and artists at the cutting edge of the bio-economy will share their projects and perspectives. In addition, you'll enjoy a private roundtable discussion about the future of consumer biotechnology with RevBio and special guests. Don't miss it!
0 out of 5 claimed
Estimated November 2015
Estimated November 2015
Get this perk
$6000
USD
Floral Etch-a-Sketch
Play with your plants! We'll deliver you a whole new garden of our color changing petunias - you draw a design in the flowerbed with strategic watering, turning your design red while the rest of the flowers remain white. Designs will last for approximately 5 days before being replaced with fresh white flowers. Draw a new picture every week of the summer!
0 out of 1 claimed
Estimated May 2017
Estimated May 2017
Get this perk
$350000
USD
Personalized plants!
You want it, we'll make it! Let's make a truly one-of-a-kind flower for you or your sweetheart.
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