Bodoland University develops fungal powder to boost immunity
Part of: GS-Prelims and GS-III – Biotechnology
- Bodoland University has said that it has developed a fungal powder to help people boost their immunity to disease.
- The powder is from a parasitic but rare “super mushroom” called Cordyceps militaris.
- A potent pinch of C. militaris was powdered through lyophilisation or freeze-drying at – 80°C.
Important value additions
- The earth has more than 400 species of Cordyceps.
- It is a fungus parasitic on insects as well as other fungi.
- It is often referred to as a super mushroom.
- It is known for its anti-ageing, anti-viral, energy and immunity-boosting effect.
- Cordyceps militaris is spread throughout the northern hemisphere.
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