Prelims 2023

Q76. 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 bioluminescent properties.

How many of the above statements are correct?
a. Only one
b. Only two
c. Only three
d. All four

Question from UPSC Prelims 2023 GS Paper

Explanation : 

d. All four

  • Some mushrooms do have medicinal properties, such as immune system support and anti-cancer effects.
  • Some mushrooms also have psycho-active properties, like psilocybin mushrooms, which cause hallucinations.
  • Some mushrooms have insecticidal properties, like certain entomopathogenic fungi that can kill or disable insects.
  • Lastly, some mushrooms have bioluminescent properties, like the “glow-in-the-dark” mushrooms that emit light through a process called bioluminescence.
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