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Glow-in-the-dark mushroom rediscovered after 170 years

Posted: Thu Jul 14, 2011 2:03 pm
by edfrank
Glow-in-the-dark mushroom rediscovered after 170 years

http://www.mnn.com/earth-matters/wilder ... -170-years


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Spotted once in 1840 and then never seen again, one of the world's most bioluminescent mushrooms has been rediscovered deep in the Brazilian wilderness.

It's something you would never expect to go missing, but one of the world's brightest glow-in-the-dark mushrooms has been rediscovered after an absence of more than 170 years, according to USA Today ( http://www.usatoday.com/tech/science/co ... csp=34tech ).

The bioluminescent shrooms had become a Brazilian legend of sorts. They were first spied in 1840 by an English botanist named George Gardner, who was alarmed after he saw some boys playing with a glowing object in the streets of Vila de Natividad, a village in the Goiás state in central Brazil. After that, no more sightings of the brightly glowing fungus had ever been reported.

The mushroom was nearly forgotten until 2002, when Brazilian chemist Cassius Stevani came across Gardner's early reports. Then, in 2005, a breakthrough occurred. A pair of primatologists, Patricia Izar from São Paulo University in Brazil and Dorothy Fragaszy of the University of Georgia in Athens, were studying a band of monkeys deep in the Brazilian interior when they came across something mysterious glowing at the base of some palm trees. continued...

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Re: Glow-in-the-dark mushroom rediscovered after 170 years

Posted: Thu Jul 14, 2011 11:27 pm
by James Parton
Very interesting, Ed. I would like to see and photograph bioluminescent fungi. I have seen them once, on a fishing trip over ten years ago. It is something that really caught my attention.