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Jul 10, 2011

Mushrooms Lost Over 170 Years Found

BRAZIL - A fungus' glow in the dark (glow in the dark) that had long disappeared now found in Brazil. This type of fungus was discovered in 1840 or 170 years ago.
As quoted by the Daily Mail on Sunday (07/10/2011), luminous fungus was discovered by scientists Dennis Desjardin and a team from San Francisco State University in 2009. Researchers hope that a careful study of fungi that shines bright enough to be read by other researchers around the world that will help answer questions about how and why the fungus is luminous.
This fungus is named Neonothopanus Gardner, last seen in 1840, when the British botanist George Gardner saw a boy playing with a shiny object called "flor-de-coco '.
To catch the green light glowing on the fungus, Dr. Desjardin and Dr. Cassius Stevani, must 'go out on a new moon night and stumble around the forest, walked to the tree, and keep your eye to oversee the poisonous snakes and jaguars that roam.
Digital cameras allow them to take pictures of mushrooms that they suspected might glow in the dark room. They then analyzed the images that glow sometimes invisible to the human eye in a few minutes, so they have to spend time Atara 30 to 40 minutes to pay attention to exposure to film from the camera.
Bioluminescence is the ability of an organism to produce its own light, this is a widespread phenomenon. Jellyfish and fireflies luminous beings that we might know, but organisms from bacteria fungi, insects and fish make their own light through various chemical processes. This is what remains to be investigated.
"They glow 24 hours a day, provided water and oxygen are available. This tells us that the chemicals acted upon by enzymes in the fungus should be available and the number of abundant," explained Dr. Desjardin.
"We do not know why this could occur. Mycelium which shines Maybe interesting enemies of this insect, and will eat them before they could eat the mycelium. But we do not have data to support this," he concluded.

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