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Fungi That Affect Human Health
Antibiotics produced by fungi are essential weapons for fighting infectious diseases. With the increased bacterial resistance to antibiotics, infectious diseases are once again on the rise.
How has this problem developed?
Mycotoxins are potent carcinogens that are produced by the hyphae of certain saprobic fungi. These can develop in grains or nuts in the field or in storage.
What can be done to protect our food supply from these toxins?
Mushroom toxins are frequently poisonous to humans and other animals.
What might be the evolutionary advantage of producing such compounds for the mushroom?
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