In class we had a brief discussion on fungus-produced chemicals like toxins in Amanitas or penicillins from molds. I just found this article on ScienceDaily and wanted to share it. The researchers found independently-evolved biochemical pathways on synthesis of alkaloids (well-known examples from plants include morphine and caffeine) in Aspergillus fumigatus, a species of mold. This could open many new doors in looking for new compounds to tackle antibiotic-resistant bacteria or for a variety of other diseases as these compounds were previously not well known in fungi. Anyways, cool to think about both in evolutionary and molecular regards.
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