When we think about #mushroom or fungus, we usually think they intake nutrient from dead or rotten organic matter, like your hard skin for your feet. However, the truth is they eat animals as well.
According to the research of researcher Hsueh from #AcademicSinica, some fungus, like king trumpets, will prey tiny bugs named Nematode, c. elegan for instance, when the nutrition from the soil is not enough for them. Their hunting skill is similar to Venus flytrap: setting trap→ attracting prey→ finding prey→ grabbing prey→ killing and feasting prey. (Academia Sinica, 2020) The venom king trumpet used is just like neural venom of snake: paralyzing body by disturbing the ion of neuron transmitter. Watch the video below:
Sometimes we might think what those researches are contributing. But #science is accumulating small piece by small piece to create the modern world we live. Maybe one day we could use an eco-friendly insecticide made by mushroom!
Are you hungry after reading this? Do not forget to get some #ERADER while eating roast king trumpets in the night market.
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