Glossary Term: Bioluminescent Fungi

(Bioluminescence, Foxfire, Fungal Luminescence)

1. Over 75 species of fungi producing light, nearly all belonging to the order Agaricales.
2. Bioluminescent fungi emit a greenish light at a wavelength of 520–530 nm. The light emission is continuous and occurs only in living cells. No correlation of fungal bioluminescence with cell structure has been found. Bioluminescence may occur in both myceliums and in mushroom fruit bodies. The green light emission allows these unique fungi to glow at night or otherwise in the absence of light.

Below: Mycena lucentipes

See: The terms Luciferin (meaning light bringer) and Luciferase. Also, see Hispidin.

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