Wild Things: Life as We Know It

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Glowing Mushrooms

Glowing mushrooms
(Maura McCarthy)
Scientists have identified seven new types of luminescent mushrooms. The work, from Brazil, Japan and five other countries, ups the number of known species of glowing fungi to 71. Researchers speculate that the chemically produced light attracts nocturnal animals, who disperse the fungi's spores.

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