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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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MakroMantis Sep 28, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Wonderful!
I wonder if there are some species of bioluminiscent fungi in Germany :D
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:iconbuhobotija:
fascinating!.
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gigi50 Oct 3, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
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:iconmelvynyeo:
Thank you!!!! :)
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gigi50 Oct 7, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
:iconhappythanks2plz: :iconwelcomesignplz::iconmypleasuresignplz::icondekyltzen:
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:iconshinzerai:
This picture alone should be enough to make someone want to become a mycologist..
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:icontaiblack:
Fungis are soooo cool *-*
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