Soil samples taken from Kakadu and Litchfield Nationwide Parks within the Northern Territory have revealed traces of what scientists consider is a brand new species of psychedelic mushroom.
- A brand new species of psychedelic mushroom has been recognized within the Northern Territory
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The invention was made by Alistair McTaggart, a fungal genetics researcher at College of Queensland, who’s main a undertaking to curate Australia’s first legal collection of native “magic” mushrooms.
“I used to be researching the distribution of one other magic mushroom known as gold tops, and located DNA sequences of this unknown fungi,” Dr McTaggart stated.
“This mushroom was found from DNA sequences within the soil and we could be very assured that it might produce psilocybin, a naturally occurring psychedelic compound.”
Dr McTaggart stated it was arduous to know what the mushroom would seem like, however he felt “Kakadu’s magic mushroom” may seem like Psilocybe brunneocystidiata, a species found within the Seventies in rainforests in Papua New Guinea.
“I might like to get my arms on one, or for anybody to get their arms on one, so we will make a spore-print after which protect its biodiversity in a herbarium.”
Large future for historic mushrooms
It’s estimated there are as much as 30 species of magic mushrooms in Australia, a few of that are native, and a few of which have been launched.
Dr McTaggart stated it was thrilling to see Australian-led analysis into these mushrooms to probably fight diseases resembling PTSD, main depressive problems, habit and consuming problems.
He stated numerous analysis round psilocybin was centered on advantages for people, however he felt its potential use in agriculture and particularly animal welfare advantages was “under-explored”.
“Psilocybin has use in [treating] nervousness in people, we do not perceive the consequences of psilocybin on animals very nicely, however I consider slaughterhouses and what this might imply for the meat [processing] business.
“I feel it is a future space of analysis that is actually fascinating,” he informed ABC Rural.