Ep. 30 - Have You Seen the Light?: Foxfire and Bioluminescent Fungi

Have you seen the light? This month, the guys take their first foray into the world of fungi, specifically bioluminescent fungi! Although fireflies and other glowing critters have been well researched, fungi that glow are not nearly as well understood. Often referred to as "foxfire" or "fairy fire", their glow was first documented way back in ancient times, but researchers are still figuring out what it's all about. Join Bill and Steve as they shed some light on the latest research into these fascinating fungi.

This episode was recorded in the Eternal Flame Falls section of Chestnut Ridge Park in Orchard Park, NY on July 4th, 2018.


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Works Cited

Attenborough, David  - Life That Glows - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=33-3UCTRZWM

Desjardin, D.E., Oliveira, A.G. and Stevani, C.V., 2008. Fungi bioluminescence revisited. Photochemical & Photobiological Sciences, 7(2), pp.170-182.

Harvey, E.N., 1957. A history of luminescence from the earliest times until 1900 (Vol. 44). American Philosophical Society.

liveira, A.G., Desjardin, D.E., Perry, B.A. and Stevani, C.V., 2012. Evidence that a single bioluminescent system is shared by all known bioluminescent fungal lineages. Photochemical & Photobiological Sciences11(5), pp.848-852.

Oliveira, A.G., Stevani, C.V., Waldenmaier, H.E., Viviani, V., Emerson, J.M., Loros, J.J. and Dunlap, J.C., 2015. Circadian control sheds light on fungal bioluminescence. Current Biology25(7), pp.964-968.

Untamed Science - Science of Glowing Mushrooms - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XCOiem0pLMU


Photo credit: Neonothopanus gardneri - Cassius V. Stevani/IQ-USP, Brazil