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Illuminating Fungi - the Science of Fungal Bioluminescence

Brian Perry

Fungal bioluminescence was first described by Aristotle (384-322 B.C.E.), and continues to fascinate and puzzle scientists today. While over 100 species of fungi are known to produce luminescent mushrooms or mycelium, the chemical and genetic basis of the light-producing reaction was only recently discovered, and the reason these fungi glow remains somewhat of a mystery. Come learn about our current understanding of the evolution, ecology and biochemistry of this phenomenon. And yes, there will be lots of pictures of glowing mushrooms!

Speaker: Brian Perry, California State University East Bay

Wednesday, 05/08/24


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Bay Area Mycological Society

338 Koshland Hall
UC Berkeley
Berkeley, CA 94720

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