Carnivorous Mushrooms

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Science  06 Apr 1984:
Vol. 224, Issue 4644, pp. 76-78
DOI: 10.1126/science.224.4644.76


Ten species of gilled fungi, including the oyster mushroom (Pleurotus ostreatus), have been shown to attack and consume nematodes. It is suggested that these wood-decay fungi utilize the nutrients in their prey to supplement the low levels of nitrogen available in wood. This mode of nutrition is similar in principle to that of carnivorous higher plants.

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