Facts: Fungi versus Pests
Our physical world is a result of unbelievable number of
transactions between all the factors that belong to the
environment. These interactions or relationships are
established by the living and the non living components of
the ecosystem. In a more scientific way of discussing this,
we call the living organisms in the ecosystem as biotic
components while non living things as abiotic components.
The biotic components of the ecosystem consist of
producers and consumers in which producers are the
plants. There are some organisms that act or look like
plants when, in reality, they are not. These are called fungi.
Fungi share some characteristics with plants but definitely
they are two different things. I started having a very
particular interest about fungi after watching a YouTube
video about a certain type of fungi killing insects.
One of the concerns of companies that provide pest control services in Florida is a new approach
in eliminating pests using more modified and safer method. I believe that what I have watched is
not new in the world of science and discovery; however, I am not sure if such discovery has already
been applied to pest control.
The Cordyceps, which is a genus of ascomycetes or commonly known as sac fungi, can gradually kill
and inhabit the body of an organism particularly insects. According to www.webmd.com, these
fungi live on certain caterpillars in the high mountain regions of China. Fungi are parasitic in nature
and once other predatory insects that are also considered as pests got contaminated with this type
of fungi, it will feed on their nutrients until they die. This seems to be a great advantage against
pests at home and even on gardens. With studies and experimentations, the laboratory can also
come up with products for termite treatment in Florida. This doesn't sound easy but surely it can
be an effective pest eliminator.
In medicine, Cordyceps are commonly used in treating
respiratory complications like as coughs, chronic bronchitis, and
respiratory disorders. They are also used to cure kidney
disorders, nighttime urination, male sexual problems, anemia,
irregular heartbeat, high cholesterol, liver disorders, dizziness,
weakness, ringing in the ears, unwanted weight loss, and opium
addiction. This type of fungi works by strengthening the immune
cells and certain chemicals in the immune system. It was found
out that they can also fight against cancer.
The knowledge on the attributes of the different organisms that
are present in our surroundings has a purpose. Why would we have to deal with extremely harmful
chemicals when we have a choice of a safer solution?