Image of the Day: Night Lights

The bioluminescent mushroom, Neonothopanus gardneri, glows green when luciferase enzymes interact with luciferin molecules, triggering a chemical reaction that releases light.

The Scientist Staff
Apr 30, 2017

N. gardneri in the light (left) and the dark (right)CASSIUS V.

(See Z.M. Kaskova et al., “Mechanism and color modulation of fungal bioluminescence,” Science Advances, doi:10.1126/sciadv.1602847, 2017.)