Happy New Year Everyone!!
The year 2020 at CUBE HBCSE, Mumbai started with a bang as it marked the end of the CUBE X’Mas Workshop 2019.
Yesterday, we had a crucial discussion on the basic difference between the often misunderstood as one terms florescence and bioluminescence.
These were discussed on the context of the fluorescent bacteria being cultured by the Rotifer group @khushdeep @saida786110 of CUBE Elphinstone as a part of their long term objective of HGT (Horizontal Gene Transfer) in Rotifers
But before we jump on those big words like Horizontal Gene Transfer, we need to understand basic terminology which often leads to misconceptions during the crucial discussions.
So yesterday, with the help of Google Baba and inputs from everyone (CUBists from Patkar College, Elphinstone College, Ramniranjan Jhunjhunwala College, @jaikishan Sir and @Arunan Sir), FLORESCENCE was discussed as the phenomena occuring when an atoms’ electron get excited to the higher energy level (higher orbital) by an external energy source, so while getting excited, the molecule acquires energy. Some part of the same energy is retained and is later emitted when the lower energy level (lower orbital) is achieved which we see in the form of illumination or florescence
BIO-LUMINESCENCE was defined from the inputs of fellow CUBists and ofcourse with the help of Google Baba as a phenomena or chemical reaction occuring when an enzyme is broken down and in this process, light is evolved as the by-product.
Here, the enzyme Luciferase gives illumination.
The bacterium isolated from the Squid is Aliivibrio fischeri.
I would leave the rest to you guys who are reading this and ofcourse the group working on this!
And I would contribute too!!
An image of a chemical reaction of bioluminescent enzyme luciferase which involves the evolution of CO2 and light is given out in fireflies.
Source: Google Images