Mushroom Rape Could Solve Fuel Problem

A breed of fungus discovered during World War Two, Trichoderma reesei, is well adapted to breaking down cellulose, but apparently not well enough for scientists. They wanted utilize heredity-manipulation to create strains capable of processing cellulose even more efficiently, thereby creating rapidly-renewable biofuel, but had a problem. Reesei seemed to only reproduce asexually, limiting the sort of diversity necessary in creating super-strains.
As Charles Choi reports, scientists in Austria have forced it to have sex, presumably by dosing its drink with GHB.

How do they create offspring when theyre all phallic?

How do they create offspring when they're all phallic-shaped?

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  1. Pingback: Crustaceans to Cure Fuel Woes? « Worlds As Myth

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