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Life Under the Sun

Peter A. Ensminger


Which fungus is as sensitive to light as the human eye? What are the myths and facts about the ozone hole, tanning, skin cancer, and sunscreens? What effect does light have on butterfly copulation? This book explores how various organisms—including archaebacteria, slime molds, fungi, plants, insects, and humans—sense and respond to sunlight. The chapters cover vision, photosynthesis, and phototropism, as well as such unusual topics as the reason that light causes beer to develop a “skunky” odor. The book introduces us to the types of eyes that have evolved in different animals, including those ... More

Keywords: sunlight, archaebacteria, slime molds, photosynthesis, phototropism, color vision, variegate porphyria, fungi, eyes

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2001 Print ISBN-13: 9780300088045
Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013 DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300088045.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Peter A. Ensminger, author