The world’s most expensive fungus is at risk of going extinct

The world’s most expensive fungus is at risk of going extinct
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By Doloresz Katanich with AP
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The Caterpillar Fungus has been used in traditional Chinese medicine for over 2,000 years.

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The Caterpillar Fungus may be about to disappear from Chinese medicine after 2,000 years.

The fungus is popular in traditional medicine, and is used to treat many diseases, including those related to the kidneys and the lungs. But the intensive trade has led to over-harvesting.

The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) has just added the fungus to its Red List of Threatened Species. It's been classified as 'vulnerable', just one step away from 'endangered'.

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