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A study on bioluminescence and photoluminescence in the earthworm Eisenia lucens

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Abstract

Eisenia lucens is an earthworm living in the organic soil layer of decomposing wood. When irritated, the worm expels coelomic fluid through pores in its body wall, exhibiting blue-green bioluminescence. The mechanism of the bioluminescence, which seems to be different from other bioluminescence systems of terrestrial animals, has been studied in this work. Many lines of evidence indicate that riboflavin stored in coelomycetes plays an important role in this glowing reaction.

Graphical abstract: A study on bioluminescence and photoluminescence in the earthworm Eisenia lucens

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The article was received on 04 Nov 2015, accepted on 07 Jan 2016 and first published on 08 Jan 2016


Article type: Communication
DOI: 10.1039/C5PP00412H
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Photochem. Photobiol. Sci., 2016,15, 175-180

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    A study on bioluminescence and photoluminescence in the earthworm Eisenia lucens

    O. Pes, A. Midlik, J. Schlaghamersky, M. Zitnan and P. Taborsky, Photochem. Photobiol. Sci., 2016, 15, 175
    DOI: 10.1039/C5PP00412H

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