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Researchers working in a Brazilian rain forest recently discovered eight species of bioluminescent mushrooms at a single site. The mushrooms continually emit a faint glow that, although undetectable in daylight, makes them visible at night. Suggest a mechanism by which glowing in the dark could benefit a mushroom. Why do you think so many species with this unusual trait live in the same region?

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Cecie Starr + 3 others
Publisher: Cengage Learning
ISBN: 9781337408332

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15th Edition
Cecie Starr + 3 others
Publisher: Cengage Learning
ISBN: 9781337408332
Chapter 23, Problem 1CT
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Researchers working in a Brazilian rain forest recently discovered eight species of bioluminescent mushrooms at a single site. The mushrooms continually emit a faint glow that, although undetectable in daylight, makes them visible at night. Suggest a mechanism by which glowing in the dark could benefit a mushroom. Why do you think so many species with this unusual trait live in the same region?

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To explain: The mechanism by which glowing in the dark could benefit the mushroom.

Concept introduction: Mushrooms are the fruiting body of club fungi meant for their sexual reproduction. They produce sexual spores in this special structure as seeds inside a fruit. Other than just a fruiting body, some mushrooms are found to have some unusual traits that make them rare. Some scientists have discovered mushrooms with bioluminescent power from Brazil and Vietnam. The phenomenon by which mushrooms emit light is called bioluminescence. It is an enzyme-dependent process in which a light emitting compound namely luciferin undergoes oxidation with the help of an enzyme called luciferase, which results in the emission of light.

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There have been some mushrooms that were discovered in Brazilian rain forests which are able to produce light during night. Bioluminescence is the phenomenon by which a living creature emits light from its body with the help of some enzymes...

Summary Introduction

To explain: What might be the reason why species with unusual trait live in the same region.

Concept introduction: Mushrooms are the fruiting body of club fungi meant for their sexual reproduction. They produce sexual spores in this special structure as seeds inside a fruit. Other than just a fruiting body, some mushrooms are found to have some unusual traits that make them rare. Some scientists have discovered mushrooms with bioluminescent power from Brazil and Vietnam. The phenomenon by which mushrooms emit light is called bioluminescence. It is an enzyme-dependent process in which a light emitting compound namely luciferin undergoes oxidation with the help of an enzyme called luciferase, which results in the emission of light.

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