The Last of Us style plot: Mycena galleryculata fungi have learned to penetrate living organisms

As scientists have established, fungi of the mycene family are improving: they are now able to consume not only inanimate organic matter, but also living things. Researchers believe this will “most likely” not lead to the events of The Last of Us.

Mycenae capulata are believed to be saprotrophic organisms; That is, they survive by consuming nonliving organic matter, such as fallen trees. But according to IFLScience, a group of Danish mycologists decided to study Mycena galleryculata and discovered a surprising change in their history.

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By studying DNA, scientists made a revolutionary discovery: Mycena galleryculata is consistently found in the roots of living plants. This discovery shows that cap mushrooms have undergone an evolutionary change.

They move from the decomposition of nonliving plant material to living plants, especially under favorable conditions. Christoffer Bugge Harder, lead author of the study, emphasized the importance of the finding.

In addition, researchers examined carbon isotopes in Mycena and found that the species evolved to exist in the middle of the fungal kingdom’s three traditional ecological niches. They called the Mycena “opportunists” because they could use both living and dead matter.

Interestingly, researchers suspect that there may be a mutually beneficial relationship between mycenaeans and living plants.

“We see that Mycena replaces nitrogen, an essential plant nutrient, with carbon from plants,” the scientist explained.


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This change in the behavior of the mushrooms evokes thoughts of an evolution in the style of The Last of Us’ plot. Fortunately, there is no need to fear: although there are suggestions that fungi may adapt their temperature tolerance due to climate change to potentially survive in the human body, this is unlikely to be the case for Mycena galleryculata.

Harder explained that it is not impossible for some fungi to adapt to the human ecological environment, but many species in tropical regions are already adapted to high temperatures. The reason why it is not usually found in our body is that our immune system is strong. So you don’t have to worry about fungi in general.

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