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Consider the following statements:

1. Some mushrooms have medicinal properties.
2. Some mushrooms have psycho- active properties.
3. Some mushrooms have insecticidal properties.
4. Some mushrooms have biolumi- nescent properties.
How many of the above statements are correct?
(a) Only one
(b) Only two
(c) Only three
(d) All four

The correct answer is (d) All four.

  • Some mushrooms have medicinal properties. For example, the shiitake mushroom is known to boost the immune system and fight cancer.
  • Some mushrooms have psychoactive properties. For example, the psilocybin mushroom contains the psychoactive compound psilocybin, which can cause hallucinations and other altered states of consciousness.
  • Some mushrooms have insecticidal properties. For example, the oyster mushroom contains the compound pleuromutilin, which is toxic to insects.
  • Some mushrooms have bioluminescent properties. For example, the jack-o’-lantern mushroom contains the compound luciferin, which emits light when it reacts with oxygen.

Therefore, all four of the statements are correct.

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