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08 lip 2024 1 godz. 27 min.

Exploring fungi’s potential in science and industry

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Exploring fungi’s potential in science and industry

Delve into the fascinating world of fungi research with two prominent scientists, Dr. Ewa Szczepańska and Dr. El Sayed Ali. Both researchers share their extensive work and passion for discovering new fungi species and the potential applications of these discoveries in various industries.

The podcast explores the distinction between fungi and mushrooms, highlighting that the fungal kingdom is vast, including yeasts, molds, and mushrooms. Mushrooms are the visible parts of fungi, often collected for food. The discussion reveals the significant diversity within the fungal kingdom, with only a fraction of the estimated 2 to 5 million species formally described.

Dr. Szczepańska and Dr. El Sayed Ali emphasize the importance of fungi in various industries, including food, cosmetics, and medicine. They discuss their research projects and the potential of fungi to produce valuable compounds like beta-carotene and melanin. Beta-carotene is a crucial compound with medical applications, while melanin has various biotechnological uses, including as a pigment and an antioxidant.

The conversation also touches on the challenges and opportunities in fungi research. Dr. El Sayed Ali shares his experience of isolating fungi from different environments, including the Mokrzański Forest near Wrocław. He highlights the potential of endophytic fungi in producing bioactive compounds and the need for further research to explore their full capabilities.

Both researchers stress the importance of natural products and the shift from synthetic to natural compounds in various industries. They discuss the consumer demand for natural products and the environmental benefits of using fungi as a sustainable source for these compounds. The podcast also explores the interdisciplinary nature of their work, involving collaborations with various institutions and experts and highlights the significant impact of fungi research on various fields and the potential for future discoveries.

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