The incredible "bleeding" mushroom - The juice it secretes contains a pigment called atromentin which has been discovered as having anticoagulant properties similar to heparin. Scientists have also discovered the fungus contains antibiotic properties, effective against streptococcus pneumoniae. The mushroom can also be dried and transformed into a plant based dye for cloth, producing an earthy beige color.'
Streptococcus pneumoniae bacteria, SEM Caption: Streptococcus pneumoniae, coloured scanning electron micrograph (SEM). S. pneumoniae are oval, Gram-positive bacteria. They are part of the normal human bacterial flora and are carried by many without causing infection. In individuals with compromised immune systems, they can infect upper respiratory tract, causing pneumonia. They may also infect other parts of the body, causing bacterial blood poisoning (bacteraemia) and meningitis.
""Streptococcus pneumoniae" alpha hemolysis on blood agar plate. Note the partial hemolysis accompanied by a greenish discolorization of the agar around the growth and the mucoid, transluscent colonies of the pneumococcus."