Phosphorescent algae?

darin burleigh at
Mon Aug 28 19:46:43 EST 1995

In article <41dt4s$7nn at>, bmoody2242 at
(BMoody2242) wrote:

> Can anyone explain the process that causes the phosphorescent algae to
> be...well...phosphorescent.  Thanks

the short answer is that algae, like certain kinds of bacteria, fungi
fish, fireflies, etc.,  use 
chemical energy to transfer energy into certain kinds of molecules, 
which then release that energy as light. 

a book that was reccomended to me is 'Bioluminescence in action',
ed. by P. J. Herring. 
actually i was interested in irredescence, which is different, but
book seems pretty good. 
burleigh at
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