Sunday, 26 January 2014

Independent Learning Log

T1W3
9.30PM-10.00PM
26 JAN 2014

Source: http://www.environmentalgraffiti.com/plants/news-gruesome-bleeding-mushrooms

What I did:
I read an article posted on a science facebook page about a mushroom that releases a red juice that looks like blood. The mushroom, Hydnellum peckii, goes by various names referring to juice or blood.

What I learned:
The mushroom contains a pigment known as atromentin which has anticoagulant properties. It contains antibiotic properties which are effective against streptococcus pneumoniae. It can also be made into a dye.

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