Potteromyces asteroxylicola : Old Fungus Fossil
Researchers discover a 407-million-year-old fungus fossil, Potteromyces asteroxylicola in the Rhynie Chert, marking the oldest evidence of fungi causing diseases.
- Potteromyces asteroxylicola was found infecting the ancient plant Asteroxylon mackiei, showcasing a predator-prey interaction that occurred while the plant was alive.
- The unique reproductive structures of Potteromyces, known as conidiophores, stood out with their unusual shape and formation, leading to its designation as a new species.
- Its reproductive structures, known as conidiophores, had an unusual shape and formation.
- Scotland is known for its well-preserved Early Devonian communities of plants and animals, including fungi and bacteria.