Researchers from the Institute of Microbiology at ETH Zurich have discovered a new protein with antibiotic properties in a mushroom that grows on horse dung. Researchers are now exploring the various potential applications.
The scientists isolated the new active compound from the grey shag that grows on horse dung.
Credit: Photo: Andreas Gminder / mushroomobserver.org / CC BY-NC-SA 3
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