Fomitopsis officinalis and smallpox
Fomitopsis officinalisJust like the yew tree, the mushroom seen here has special characterics that may provide a great benefit to mankind. Found only in the old-growth forests of the American Pacific Northwest, it may provide anti-viral drugs useful for protecting against small pox and other viruses- potential weapons of terrorists. Unfortunately, only about 5% of the Pacific Northwest's Old-growth forest still exist today.
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Previously found in Europe and Asia, Agarikon (Fomotopsis officinalis) can only be found in old growth forests of the Pacific Northwest. This mushroom has anti-viral properties that may help protect mankind from the smallpox virus - a potential threat used by terrorist.
Cascade Mountains, Oregon