What can make the root system on a young dead tree glowgreen

Darvin DeShazer muscaria at pacbell.net
Sat Jul 5 18:55:19 EST 2003

Foxfire is a bioluminescence and is caused by the mycelium of Armillaria 
mellea, which has recently been split into about a dozen species.  It is 
a very pathogenic fungus and has over 1,000 host plants.  One of the 
common names is Oak Root Fungus.

In article <bduqo9$cuf$1 at mercury.hgmp.mrc.ac.uk>,
 spiro at bucknell.edu (Mark Spiro) wrote:

> My guess is that the glow was bioluminescence from a fungus growing on
> the dead wood. There are several species of fungus that glow one of the
> common ones is known as foxfire (I don't know the scientific name). I
> also saw this once sitting around a campfire, a pretty magical sight.
> Mark
> At 03:06 AM 7/2/2003 +0100, you wrote:
> > Does anyone have a good answer to the following
> > question:
> >
> >
> >
> > "In 1993 I was at Camp Cedars in Nebraska. I went
> > looking for a stick to use as a walking stick. I
> > located a dead sapling with no bark that was very easy
> > to pull from the ground. I spent all afternoon sitting
> > behind my tent cutting the
> > roots from the sapling to make the walking stick. That
> > night I went behind my tent as saw hundreds of pieces
> > of wood that were glowing like a glow stick that you
> > find at a dance club. The largest piece with the thick
> > root system. I show many camp counselors at the camp
> > but no one had an explanation for me.
> > The roots glowed for about three nights in a row.
> >
> > The roots were very dry as was the trunk. There were
> > grooves in the wood as if the tree had termites at one
> > time. I scraped off some of the wood from the
> > roots to see if maybe it was mold or something, but
> > the wood beneath also glowed. I have been unbale to
> > locate any information about glowing trees any
> > where. I know some scientists have created some plants
> > that glow in the dark. As far as I know, there were no
> > chemical spill or radio-active waste dumps in
> > Nebraska. So how does this happen?"
> >

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