- the production of light by living organisms.
Origin of bioluminescence
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In fact, bioluminescence is such a huge drain on energy that it'll be difficult to get plants to glow bright enough to notice.Plants That Glow in the Dark Spark Heated Debate
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It is not the purpose of this book to deal with every phase of bioluminescence.
A fairly complete list of literature covering the whole field of Bioluminescence is given by Mangold, 1910.
- the production of light by living organisms as a result of the oxidation of a light-producing substance (luciferin) by the enzyme luciferase: occurs in many marine organisms, insects such as the firefly, etc
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Word Origin and History for bioluminescence
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- The emission of light by living organisms, such as fireflies, glowworms, and certain fish, jellyfish, plankton, fungi, and bacteria. It occurs when a pigment (usually luciferin) is oxidized without giving off heat. Although it is believed that bioluminescence is involved in animal communication, its function in many organisms has yet to be understood. Bioluminescence is a form of chemiluminescence. Compare chemiluminescence.
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