Bacteria protect farmed mushrooms from damage by other bacteria by breaking down their toxins!
Microbe of the episode
Microbe of the episode: Tomato mosaic virus
In this study, bacterial pathogens produce a toxin that causes button mushrooms to turn brown and rot. However, other bacteria can degrade this toxin and protect the fungus, and can also degrade molecules the pathogens produce to help them swarm to new places, restricting their movement.