Timelapse of bioluminescent mushrooms

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I got the same thing on the main page, but the link above works. Maybe he only posted the link to the bbs as a special treat for us. :wink:

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Must be fixed now. The link above was broken earlier.

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Did you pick option #3?

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Apparently

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Oxyluciferin is not a particular compound so much as a role – the term luciferin refers to any compound that is oxidized to an oxyluciferin that emits visible light. Different organisms have found completely different chemicals that work, and many of them are still unknown. The fungal luciferin was actually just worked out this last decade, and its functions are still be investigated, since some luminescent fungi only glow on the non-spore-forming parts.

Even where they are known, there is still lots to learn too. The most common luciferin in the ocean in coelenterazine, in part since so many animals can obtain it from their food. It’s not well known what actually produces it though. Some crustaceans like calanoids, but the oldest luciferase enzymes evolved before them, so it’s still being investigated too.

It’s an area where there is a lot still to be found out. Here is hoping some of it leads to being able to grow your own night lights. :slight_smile:

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Very Lovecraftian.

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Timelapse of bioluminescent mushrooms
Mushlapse of timeluminescent biorooms
Biolapse of mushluminescent time-rooms

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I wanna go too.

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Razor RGB LED Smart Gamer Mushroom (Bluetooth, WiFi compatible)

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So if you ate them would you … uh …maybe see them glow again some time?

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Tell me about it!?

Any post that uses the word “bioluminescence” is clickbait…

It’s just organic stuff turning the lights on FFS!

Gnomic, even

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Clearly KingGhidorah just ate them. But I’m all for the mushluminescent time-rooms.

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doctor who tardis GIF

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Putting the Fun in Fungi.

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yeah. no thanks. let’s just go outside and look.

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I wonder what sorts of insects are attracted by these strange, eldritch lights?

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