Natures wonders: lighting fireflies (Introduction)

by David Turell @, Tuesday, August 04, 2015, 19:12 (1659 days ago) @ David Turell

A superoxide ion and luciferin:

"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."


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