Please, please, please let this be true: Fungus fights poison ivy
Posted by David Brooks | Wednesday, June 11, 2014
I am a poison ivy martyr. I get a horrible rash from the slightest contact, but I'm lousy at telling it apart from all the other low-lying, multi-leafed, ivy-ish plants. When hiking, I spent half my time tiptoeing past plants, fearful that invisible oils are tainting my skin and that I'll pay the price in two days.
So I really, really, really want to believe a report from Virginia Tech researchers who say they "have found an effective way to kill poison ivy using a naturally occurring fungus that grows on the fleshy tissue surrounding the plant's seed." Story in phys.org here. I'll be first in line to buy whatever they develop.
I'm especially worried because one of the effects of a more carbon-rich atmosphere is that poison ivy grows faster and the urushiol oil that causes the rash will grow stronger. Argh!!!!!!