Modern Marvels

Season 15 Episode 29

Mold & Fungus

Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM Sep 18, 2008 on The History Channel



  • Trivia

    • Tibetans prize cordyceps infected caterpillars for their medicinal properties. Just one ounce can bring a fungus hunter $900.

    • Mushrooms are the only non-animal food source that naturally produces vitamin D, the sunshine vitamin.

    • Scientists have identified a twenty foot tall fossil found in Saudia Arabia as an enormous mushroom. Extinct for 350 million years it was likely the largest organism in the world at the time.

    • Today fungus derived penicillin is used in every country on Earth, with over 100 million pounds produced every year. That's roughly enough to give 18 doses to everyone in the world.

  • Quotes

    • Narrator: They're grown by the millions, but the wrong one will kill you. They're nature's great decomposers, they threaten to destroy your home and your body. They may even blow your mind. They've saved millions of lives and may save the world and in death they'll consume us all. Now, Mold & Fungus, on Modern Marvels.

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