Gallery: Plant-Invading Fungi Could Be the Key to Creating the Next Sus...

A species of Hypoxylon, probably Hypoxylon fragiforme on a dead tree branch in the Netherlands.

Fungus might ruin your bread but its invasive nature could also lead to a new source of renewable energy. Scientists at Montana State University made a surprising discovery while conducting a recent study that tracks the unique products of endophytes — fungi or bacteria — that can live inside a plant for at least part of its life without causing disease. It’s believed that endophytes produce bioactive products that are potentially beneficial for medicine, industry and energy uses, replacing less attractive biofuels like ethanol.

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