Tuesday, November 8, 2011
Fungus: The New Pesticide?
Resent studies of the genetic make up of Fungus have revealed their potential to replace pesticides in agriculture. Fungi have a very diverse genetic make up that is easily adapted to the environment. Furthermore, fungi can form a symbiotic relationship with plants and use their genetic flexibility to improve the growth of plants in certain regions. As of now, fungi have been found to help certain plants adapt better to their environment and work, as pesticides would, to decrease parasitic or detrimental surroundings from affecting their growth. Scientist are hoping that more research in this field could help to identify the specific genetic makeup of each fungus that helps it thrive in its specific region and use this to create a new form of area specific, natural pesticides.