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Adv Biochem Eng Biotechnol. 2014;144:3-36. doi: 10.1007/978-3-662-43385-0_1.

Eco-evo bioluminescence on land and in the sea.

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Graduate School of Bioagricultural Sciences, Nagoya University, Nagoya, Japan,


This review discusses the evolution of bioluminescence organisms that inhabit various environments based on the current understanding of their unique ecologies and biochemistries. As shown here, however, there are still many unanswered questions regarding the functions and mechanisms of bioluminescence, which should be investigated in further studies. To facilitate future research in this field, we introduce our recent attempt, the bioluminescent organism DNA barcode initiative. This genetic reference library will provide resources for other scientists to efficiently identify unstudied bioluminescent organisms, focus their biochemical and genetic research goals, and will generally promote bioluminescence as a field of scientific study.

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