Monday, December 1, 2008

Cool Green Glowing Mushrooms

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The Science-Fiction blog has an article about mushrooms that glow!  I knew about the jellyfish that glow, and I get fireflies in the backyard every summer, but I didn't know that there were mushrooms that glow.  

Apparently they are well known in Japan, and now National Geographic is reporting a new species from Brasil.

Hat tip to IO9:
Mega Biochemistry: Don't Eat the Glowing Mushrooms

National Geographic:


Belle said...

Are they natural or like the neon guppies - genetically engineered?

Steve W said...

These mushrooms are all natural. The Nat Geo report is about new species found in Brazil's tropical forests. Apparently there are 33 species world wide that are known to be bioluminescent.