Natures wonders: lighting fireflies (Introduction)

by David Turell @, Tuesday, August 04, 2015, 19:12 (1507 days ago) @ David Turell

A superoxide ion and luciferin:

http://phys.org/news/2015-08-firefly.html

"Researchers at Yale, Connecticut College, and the University of Buffalo have determined the chemical processes at play when a firefly converts the chemicals in its body into a backyard light show. It's a scientific riddle that has taken some 60 years to explain.

"The key is an oxygen intermediate—called a superoxide anion—that has an extra electron and allows oxygen to interact with the chemical luciferin inside a firefly. The result is bioluminescence."

Abstract: http://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/jacs.5b03820


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