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What can make the root system on a young dead tree glowgreen

Mark Spiro spiro at bucknell.edu
Wed Jul 2 09:22:30 EST 2003

My guess is that the glow was bioluminescence from a fungus growing on
the dead wood. There are several species of fungus that glow one of the
common ones is known as foxfire (I don't know the scientific name). I
also saw this once sitting around a campfire, a pretty magical sight.


At 03:06 AM 7/2/2003 +0100, you wrote:

> Does anyone have a good answer to the following
> question:
> "In 1993 I was at Camp Cedars in Nebraska. I went
> looking for a stick to use as a walking stick. I
> located a dead sapling with no bark that was very easy
> to pull from the ground. I spent all afternoon sitting
> behind my tent cutting the
> roots from the sapling to make the walking stick. That
> night I went behind my tent as saw hundreds of pieces
> of wood that were glowing like a glow stick that you
> find at a dance club. The largest piece with the thick
> root system. I show many camp counselors at the camp
> but no one had an explanation for me.
> The roots glowed for about three nights in a row.
> The roots were very dry as was the trunk. There were
> grooves in the wood as if the tree had termites at one
> time. I scraped off some of the wood from the
> roots to see if maybe it was mold or something, but
> the wood beneath also glowed. I have been unbale to
> locate any information about glowing trees any
> where. I know some scientists have created some plants
> that glow in the dark. As far as I know, there were no
> chemical spill or radio-active waste dumps in
> Nebraska. So how does this happen?"
> David R. Hershey
> dh321z at yahoo.com
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Mark D. Spiro
Department of Biology
Bucknell University
Lewisburg, PA 17837
spiro at bucknell.edu
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