One might research this concept genetically and a project might be initiated so
groundwork for this idea becomes reality. It might take quite awhile for an idea like this to grow and
come to fruition, but hopefully that much sooner with shared interest. If there are any comments or questions please
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The knowledge of plant genetics would need to be extensive. With time these
Living Flora Buildings could hold the genetics of every type of flora known. Specific genetic
characteristics could be tailored to specific environmental pressures and/or an individuals particular tastes. Living
Flora Buildings could be grown rapidly using a kind of liquid nutrient scaffolding similar to sea water that
allows kelp to grow two feet a day. Once a home or building was grown to the necessary specifications its growth
could be stopped at the genetic level and the Living Flora Building could serve as a kind of assemly line producing
more genetically engineered building seeds for anyone who wanted a Living Flora Building.
The walls and roof could be a composite of various evergreens and cacti to provide
oxygen and a food source. A unified genetically pleached branch (see arborsmith.com for defintion of pleach) or
large appropriately placed leaves might serve as roofing material depending on how much insulation was needed. The opaque
portions of varigated leaves could form semi diaphanous windows that would allow light into the living dwelling. Big
genetically engineered cotton pods stemming from the interior of the home might be used as bedding. Tables and
chairs could be grown directly from the walls and floor. Cork could also be used as a padding for floors or seats.
Rain water could be collected from the roof and drain down through hollow drainage trunks similar to bamboo that
allowed water to drain from the roof to the roots below (like bamboo without the internal structural segments). The
roots might be oriented like upside down mushroom caps that might "cup" and collect liquid and dissolved
soil nutrients to provide maximum absorption of said nutrients.
Guttation to a pitcher plant or rafflesia might be feasible. All
the food producing plants known could be genetically engineered into the makeup of the living plant building to
provide a nourishing liquid food source if one got was in need of nourishment. This liquid food source would be
faster and easier to produce than seed or fruit as cellulose fibers and hard seed casings wouldn't need to be made.
This liquid ambrosia formed from the grains, legumes, nuts, seeds, and fruits that sustain life on Earth today could
form this organic cocktail which could be further improved using a genetic matrix specifically designed for
the individual at the genetic level to provide the most efficient food possible.
Using the genetic material of all flora such as: baobab (for life span and girth), bristlecone pine (life
span), and redwood (life span, height, insect resistance and fungal resistance), one could have a food and oxygen producing
shelter that could live several thousand years and might grow to functionality rapidly using Kudzu dna which grows
a foot a day or seaweed and bamboo which can grow two feet a day (if the right environmental conditions and nutrient
medium was used).
Bioluminescent fungi might be used at the cellular level in conjunction with chloroplast to give a living light.
This bioluminescence could be bright enough to sustain the photosynthetic process without need for sunlight or artificial
Plant Types and Qualities
Baobab - age, breadth
Redwood Sequoia sempervirens - life span, height, rot, frost and fire resistance
Ficus - crown and root spread, natural pleaching ability, and support trunks with canopies that can grow up to 4 acres
Giant bamboo Dendrocalamus giganteus - rapid growth, chambered insulated walls, hollow living pipes
Alocasia macrorrhiza - giant leaves
Johannesteijsmannia altifrons - long giant leaves
California Kelp - Macrocystis pyrifera - rapid growth rate nearly 2 feet a day
Cacti - "evergreen" wall like inflorescence, drought tolerance,
The totem pole cactus - A cactus without spines
Bristlecone pine Pinus longaeva - life span of four to five thousand years and able to survive in some extreme conditions
Cork-tree Phellodendron - cork for softness under foot
Chilean alerce - Fitzroya cupressoides - dated at 3622 years old
Kudzu Pueraria Montana - rapid growth rate 1 foot a day
Grasses - rapid fruit production
single winter rye - root systems up to 387 miles