Wednesday, 3 December 2008

The Luminescent Fungi of Japan

During the rainy season in some of the Japanese forests is possible to see strange, luminescent fungi growing on the trunk of trees. Through a chemical reaction produced by an enzyme, these fungi emit a light that shines on a greenish tone.

The reason for the phenomenon of still bioluminescent fungi has not been scientifically explained, but is believed to be a response to the need for survival: the shining attracts insects that help to disperse spores in an environment where the dispersal of wind is very limited.

(read more on rincondelmisterio)

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