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.
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.