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Marine Bacteria Use Light to Lure Plankton and Fish

February 27th, 2012 · No Comments

Glow and Be Eaten: Marine Bacteria Use Light to Lure Plankton and Fish
ScienceDaily (Feb. 26, 2012) — Not all that glitters is gold. Sometimes it is just bacteria trying to get ahead in life. Many sea creatures glow with a biologically produced light. This phenomenon, known as bioluminescence, is observed, among others, in some marine bacteria which emit a steady light once they have reached a certain level of concentration (a phenomenon called “quorum sensing”) on organic particles in ocean waters.

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