Bioluminescence is the process by which certain living organisms produce light through a seriesof enzymatically catalyzed biochemical reactions (Brodl et al., 2018). Any organism that iscapable of exhibiting or carrying out bioluminescence is termed a bioluminescent organism.Bioluminescence is a phenomenon that has been found in almost all branches of the evolutionarytree (Tyulkova et al., 2009), meaning that representative organisms from most domains orkingdoms of classifications have been identified. In general, bioluminescent organisms includebacteria, mushroom, dinoflagellates, shrimps, insects, squids, fishes, etc. (Johnston, 2019).However, some organisms that appear to emit light are not in themselves bioluminescent. Suchorganisms usually utilize the light emitting ability of other bioluminescent organisms to achievecertain functions. For example, certain fishes living in the deep sea marine habitats takeadvantage of the light-emitting ability of some bioluminescent bacteria with which they form asymbiotic relationship and appear to be bioluminescent. The bacteria colonize a particular organon the fishes’ body (called the photophore or light organ) where it acquires nutrients necessaryfor its growth and in return, produces light which the fishes use to their advantage (Meighen etal., 2009). In fact, most organisms in the marine habitat and some on the terrestrial habitat thatappear to be bioluminescent actually depend on the light emitting ability of bioluminescentbacteria. For this reason, and coupled with the fact that they are found in abundance in marineenvironments, bioluminescent bacteria are considered to be the most widely distributed lightemitting organisms (Meighen et al., 2009; Reynolds et al., 2011; Dele side et al., 2017).Therefore, the phenomenon of light emission by bacteria will be the element of focus in thiswork
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