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Plant fungus infecting humans

Facts for Prelims (FFP)

Source: DTE

 Context: The first case of a plant fungus called Chondrostereum purpureum infecting human beings has been reported from Kolkata.

  • The fungus is known to cause Silver leaf disease in plants, especially in species of rose families.
  • However, there were no reported instances of this fungus infecting human beings from any part of the world.

 

Possible reason:

Rising temperature due to global warming is thought of as one of the major reasons for this new threat to human beings. Most fungi thrive in the range of 12°C to 30°C.