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Bioluminescent Fungi by melvynyeo Bioluminescent Fungi by melvynyeo
Foxfire, also sometimes referred to as "fairy fire", is the bioluminescence created by some species of fungi present in decaying wood. The bluish green glow is attributed to luciferase, an oxidizing agent, which emits light as it reacts with luciferin. Although the purpose is unknown, it is widely believed that the light is meant to attract insects to spread its spores or act as a warning to hungry animals, similar to the bright colors exhibited by some species of animals. Although generally very dim, in some cases it can be bright enough to read by.

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Gotterdamrung Featured By Owner 5 days ago
Wow!
I wonder if they could be grown indoors in a controlled environment.
It would make for a superb nightlight garden!
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melvynyeo Featured By Owner 5 days ago
Not practical because they only live for a few days at most :) Actually, someone design something similar www.likecool.com/Home/Lighting…
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MakroMantis Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2013  Student General Artist
Wonderful!
I wonder if there are some species of bioluminiscent fungi in Germany :D
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buhobotija Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2013
fascinating!.
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melvynyeo Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2013
Thank you! :)
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gigi50 Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
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melvynyeo Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2012
Thank you!!!! :)
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gigi50 Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
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Shinzerai Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2012
This picture alone should be enough to make someone want to become a mycologist..
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melvynyeo Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2012
:) :) :)
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