Cordyceps

By: Hunter Aiden and Noah

What is cordyceps?

Cordyceps is a fungi that can kill and control insects by growing through the dead host body and then the fully grown fungi spreads by using spores and releasing a gas that will infect other insects too. Also cordyceps uses its roots to communicate with other plants and it share the nutrients to help other plants too. It grows in a low temperature and it has to be very moist. And it is a medicine
Cordyceps: attack of the killer fungi - Planet Earth Attenborough BBC wildlife

It is good for humans (well one kind)

Not all cordyceps is used as medicines although one is this specific type of cordyceps is 1-400 it is called ophiocordyceps sinensis and this helps with respiratory function, it also has anti-cancer benefits such as cancer cell death and that is called apoptosis. "While these killer fungi sound like they’re straight out of a horror movie, they do have an overall positive impact on their environment because they keep insect populations from growing out of control. Plus, they have no effect on humans, so don’t worry." said all- that -is -interesting.com

cordyceps facts

  • There are over 400 species of the fungi cordyceps
  • cordyceps can also paralyze the ants and insects depending on nutrients
  • cordyceps cannot hurt or harm humans unless you are allergic to it

conclusion

Cordyceps is a cool fungi it may seem gross at first but after you see it, it's pretty cool.