The Scientific Advancements Of Bioluminescence

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Scientific Advancements Ever since the discovery of this natural phenomenon, bioluminescence has allowed scientists to make significant advancements that benefit the entire world. Significance of Research
Bioluminescence is a “cold light”, meaning that the light source does not waste energy producing heat, making it highly effective. Further studies and exploration have allowed for major scientific advancements to take place. For instance, by splicing together firefly and marine bacteria genes into trees, bioluminescent trees called tree lights can be created. The tree leaves photosynthesize during the day, then reuse that energy at night. The leaves could be turned on and off by utilizing the tree’s circadian rhythm, which is when
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Protection
The ocean is home to many dangerous predatory creatures, all looking for food to survive. Many bioluminescent organisms use their abilities to defend against other organisms, particularly predators. The Swima bombiviridis, also known as the green bomber worm, releases a bioluminescent “bomb” from its body to distract predators, similar to the ink expelled by some squids and crustaceans, giving it enough time to get away safely. Some animals, like the deep - sea squid, Octopoteuthis deletron, go as far as detaching their glowing arms from their body. The arms often stick to the predator, distracting it and allowing the squid to escape unharmed.
Bioluminescence can also serve as a form of camouflage for certain animals, like Firefly Squids. Through the process of counterillumination, photophores on the animal can match the dim light coming from the surface, making it harder for predators searching for prey from below to see what they are looking for.

Figure 3: The Firefly Squid uses counterillumination to camouflage itself and hide from predators. Feeding Prey are not the only ones who use bioluminescence to their advantage. In fact, many predators make use of their bioluminescent powers to help them catch prey. Animals can use their light to lure prey towards their mouths, or even to light up

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