Phosphorescent algae?

darin burleigh at tcg.anl.gov
Mon Aug 28 19:46:43 EST 1995


In article <41dt4s$7nn at newsbf02.news.aol.com>, bmoody2242 at aol.com
(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
Herring's
book seems pretty good. 
-- 
 darin
burleigh at tcg.anl.gov
"cogito cogito ergo cogito sum" - ambrose bierce



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