Bioluminescence

Authored by: Vadim R. Viviani

CRC Handbook of Organic Photochemistry and Photobiology

Print publication date:  March  2012
Online publication date:  March  2012

Print ISBN: 9781439899335
eBook ISBN: 9781466561250
Adobe ISBN:

10.1201/b12252-55

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Abstract

Bioluminescence, the emission of visible light by living organisms, has called the attention of humanity since ancient times. In a broad sense, bioluminescence includes all kinds of light emissions by living organisms, including biofluorescence, delayed luminescence, and ultraweak chemiluminescence. However, strictly speaking, bioluminescence is defined as an efficient enzyme-catalyzed chemiluminescence for biological purposes.

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