Bioluminescence — the ability of an organism to produce and emit light — is nature’s light show. Plants, insects, fish, and bacteria do it, and scientists understand how. Until now, though, we didn’t know how fungi glow.

Now, thanks to research led by Zinaida Kaskova in the Institute of Bioorganic Chemistry at Russian Academy of Sciences, we’ve figured out how some mushrooms glow. The researchers published their work in the journal Science Advances.

Most often, light emitted from an organism results from the reaction between a chemical called luciferin and an enzyme called luciferase in the… more

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