Friday, January 16, 2015

The Ups and Downs of Fungi

Pioppino Mushroom

When I think of parasitic fungi I picture something harmful. The word parasite comes off as an infestation to me, something you cant get rid of. Though that's harsh, I ended up looking into the good side of fungi. To start off with, they are decomposers which actually helps us a lot because they do our dirty work. Many things we have difficulty cleaning up such as petroleum. this can easily be eaten up from these guys. All these different types of fungi help our community in many different ways like breaking down toxins, metals, and unnecessary trash. They also do a great job at disintegrating our unwanted bacteria and protecting our helpful and necessary bacteria. They can basically be some cool looking bodyguards that aren't always bad.

Another awesome thing is that fungi can also be used for a medical purpose. For example, Penicillin is a well known antibiotic which comes from penicillin mold. How odd is that? Who would think that we would want to use some sort of mold to create an antibiotic. If we've already created uses for certain fungi then imagine the possibilities. There are over 200,000 species out and we have yet to discover the rest that are hidden from us.

Parasitic Bolete

Now to the bad family, the parasitic factor in some fungi can initially destroy a living organism. These suckers do a lot of damage to our environment. They enjoy to use their host, initially as a shelter. It is quite terrifying to think about some sort of parasite taking over your body. They are the world of disease for animals, plants and even humans, as scary as that sounds. You may be wondering on how they survive, they end up damaging the wall tissues and later on use it as a late night snack. It's also very easy to spread, if they were to use a host then they would have the insect or animal get itself eaten by a predator. If the fungi decided to infect a plant then it well have the plant die gives off spores to spread. If you think these creatures can run from parasitic fungi then you are wrong, it is easy for them to get sucked into a terrible life that is run by these parasitic beasts.


  1. I have one word for this I never did view fungi as being helpful.
    I always thought that they were bad and a waste of space, but your post reveals what is really good about them. Good Job.

  2. I feel like this is one of the most interesting topics to choose from i love / hate the thought but its all so real. I didn't know that their are 200,000 type if fungus and they still haven't found them all !! that's amazing. This is helpful information for me to know i am very interested and want to learn more keep posting.

  3. i have a fungus growing underneath my toe very interesting information here

  4. In research of my own i have found that body fungus is usually harmless to your body when having it grow somewhere like underneath a toe or fingernail. Although it is unsightly its not very harmful. Great analysis of the diseases and fast spreading of the fungi!

  5. Fungus is such a random topic but you pulled it off very well. Hearing about all the different types of fungus interested it. I'm definitely excited to read more posts.

  6. Hey can you eat these guys, or would that kill you? I guess it really depends right. There's a lot of different kinds. Any way, cool topic. I'll be back *Terminator voice*