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What is Fungi?

  • Fungi are a group of organisms such as mushrooms, fungi and moulds.
  • Fungi first came to the planet Earth 1.3 billion years ago.
  • Fungi do not need sunlight, which means they could grow on other planets with less or no light.
  • Mushrooms can hold up to 30,000 times their body weight.
  • Underground fungi keep the soil together and provide nutrients to plants and trees.
  • Scientists have found that when they grew mushroom spores in a house with a Termite problem, the Termites left very quickly and never came back.

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  • Mycelium, the base of mushrooms, can absorb oil. This is very important as the world regularly has oil spills.
  • Scientists found that once the Mycelium absorbed the oil, it grew Mushrooms on top.
  • Mushrooms can convert Cellulose into Ethanol; Ethanol is used to produce Biofuels for vehicles.
  • Using mushrooms to make ethanol could save the Rainforest from disappearing as they chop down the trees to make space for other plants.
  • If a Mushroom is flicked, it releases billions of spores. Spores are Mushroom seeds, and they use them to make new Mushrooms.
  • It has been found that Fungi can cure Flu Viruses and Smallpox. Humans are Mammals; the Mammal’s closest relative is the Fungi family.
  • This sounds strange, but it is true. Fungi have many similarities, such as absorbing Oxygen and breathing  Carbon Dioxide. They produce lots of the same antibiotics in their bodies as humans do. When you walk past them, Scientists have discovered that they reach up to find debris.