Researchers in Germany were surprised to find that certain natural compounds can kill fungi. They decided to name the three substances after actor Keanu Reeves due to how he eliminated villains in movies like “The Matrix” and “John Wick.”
These compounds, known as keanumycin, create holes in the surface of fungi. They then bleed them to death. The compound is derived from a bacterium known as Pseudomonas. They can effectively fight various fungal and plant diseases.
The scientists were astonished by the high levels of activity of the compounds. They compared their effectiveness to that of an assassin.
According to a study by Dr. Sebastian Götze and his colleagues, the compounds can kill a common plant pest known as Botrytis Cinerea, which can cause mold rot in vegetables and fruits. The researchers used these compounds to remove this blight from the hydrangea leaves.
According to a study by Dr. Sebastian Götze of Germany’s Leibniz Institute of Natural Product Research, new antifungal drugs are developed when fungi become more resistant to existing treatments. In addition to being effective against plants, the compounds found in these microbes can also treat fungal infections in humans.
The compounds could be an inexpensive and sustainable alternative to the chemicals commonly used in agriculture to kill fungus.
The study highlights the evolution of microbes to compete with other organisms, which is an exciting development, according to Matt Nelsen, a scientist at the Field Museum in Chicago. He noted that various pathogenic microorganisms, such as fungi, have evolved to resist the chemicals used to fight them.
The researchers found ways to use the compounds to kill several fungi that infect humans, such as Candida albicans. This fungus is commonly found in the body and can cause yeast infections. Because of their non-toxic properties, scientists believe they could be used to create new antifungal drugs.
According to Götze, the compounds they developed were named after actor Keanu Reeves due to their effectiveness in killing pathogens.
Due to the increasing number of human-pathogenic fungi that are resistant to antifungal drugs, the development of new treatment methods for fungal infections has become a crisis. The current crisis is caused by the increasing number of bacteria and fungi that are resistant to various antibiotics. Also, the need for new drugs for treating infections contributes to the issue.
Aside from Reeves, other celebrities have also been known to have scientific discoveries named after them. For instance, a frog was named after J.R. Tolkien, who is the author of The Lord of the Rings.
Erwin Terry, an entomologist, named a Costa Rican beetle after actress Kate Winslet. He said that since the actress’ character did not die with the ship, the beetle should be named after her.
During a Reddit Q&A session, Reeves was asked about naming a fungus-killing compound after him. He said that the researchers should have called it John Wick. However, he was grateful to the scientists who considered naming the useful compound after his name.
The researchers tested the compounds on a plant that had been infected with a fungus known as Botrytis cinerea. This organism can cause gray mold rot and infect certain vegetables and fruits. The researchers noted that the compounds could be used as an alternative to pesticides to help save food supplies.
The topic of fungal infections has been gaining attention due to the popular TV show “The Last Of Us,” which explores how difficult it can be to treat a fungal infection. Through testing the compounds, the researchers discovered that they were not harmful to human cells. This finding suggests that the compounds could be useful in developing new antifungal treatments.
According to a study, certain compounds known as Keanumycins could lead to the development of new antifungal drugs. They could be useful in treating desperate cases. The researchers noted that further studies are needed to confirm the compounds’ properties.