I heard about an insect-eating plant, but this one is very impressive! Yale researchers found out that there is one magic mushroom which can eat plastic. Thanks to the fungi which is called pestalotiopsis microspora.
Since the world nowadays have difficulties in managing plastic wastes because it is not a biodegradable product and can lasts for so many years. So, why not, maybe this mushroom is the answer to this problem! HOORAY!
The upper view
The mushroom can be found in the Amazonian forest
Credits to: news.yahoo.com
In Brazilian rain forest, there is a type of fungi called Ophiocordyceps unilateralis. The special thing about this fungi is that it parasitic. Ants that come into contact with the fungus spores become infected, and within a week they begin behaving like zombies and leave the nest. The fungus species can infect an ant, take over its brain, and then kill the insect once it moves to a location ideal for the fungi to grow and spread their spores. The discovery was only on ants. What about other insects? Mammals? Human beings? Sounds scary though!
Pale looking ant
Ophiocordyceps unilateralis. Image credit: PLoS ONE 6(3): e17024. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0017024
Credits to: National Geographic and Physorg