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Fungi bioluminescence revisited

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A review of the research conducted during the past 30 years on the distribution, taxonomy, phylogeny, ecology, physiology and bioluminescence mechanisms of luminescent fungi is presented. We recognize 64 species of bioluminescent fungi belonging to at least three distinct evolutionary lineages, termed Omphalotus, Armillaria and mycenoid. An accounting of their currently accepted names, distributions, citations reporting luminescence and whether their mycelium and/or basidiomes emit light are provided. We address the physiological and ecological aspects of fungal bioluminescence and provide data on the mechanisms responsible for bioluminescence in the fungi.

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The article was received on 03 Sep 2007, accepted on 03 Jan 2008 and first published on 24 Jan 2008

Article type: Perspective
DOI: 10.1039/B713328F
Photochem. Photobiol. Sci., 2008,7, 170-182

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    Fungi bioluminescence revisited

    D. E. Desjardin, A. G. Oliveira and C. V. Stevani, Photochem. Photobiol. Sci., 2008, 7, 170
    DOI: 10.1039/B713328F

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