A Fun-gi to the Science of Bioluminescence

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Bioluminescent fungi on a branch
Scientists have figured out what causes fungi to shine.

A group of scientists have discovered what causes fungi to glow in the dark. It turns out that it is a very similar process to what fireflies and angler fish use. Another case of convergent evolution, the idea that unrelated organisms can evolve to have similar characteristics.

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A Fun-gi to the Science of Bioluminescence
Nathaniel Scharping
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