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Fun Fungal Facts

Did you know?

  • Most fungi are microscopic and invisible to the naked eye.
  • Fungi are more closely related to animals than to plants and are in their own kingdom.
  • Moulds, yeasts, mushrooms, stinkhorns, puffballs and truffles are all fungi.
  • Fungi are used in the production of bread, beer, wine, soy sauce and some cheeses.
  • The anti-rejection drug used in organ transplant, Cyclosporine, is produced by a fungus.
  • Fungi are most important for decay and recycling of plant matter.
  • The worst plant diseases, like root rot and butt rot, are caused by microscopic fungi in the soil.
  • Many devastating tree diseases aren’t present in Australia, so we have strict quarantine laws to prevent their entry.
  • Using ‘friendly’ fungi to fight disease-causing fungi can reduce the need for chemical treatments.