|Category:||Of practical use|
|Etymology:||Genus name: spindle.|
Species epithet: poisonous.
|Significance:||The mycoprotein quorn is extracted from F. venenatum strain AT/5, and is processed into a food, called Quorn.
|Geographic distribution:||The fungus has a global presence.|
|Disease/effect:||Note that disease can only occur after consumption of unprocessed F. venenatum.
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|Taxonomy/phylogeny:||Fusarium is a very large genus of filamenteous fungi. About 1000 species within seven major clades have been identified.|
|Comment:||Quorn is marketed as a food for vegetarians, but not vegans because egg whites are used as a binder in the final product. In order for quorn to be used as food, the large amount of RNA must be removed, as uric acid is formed when RNA is broken down in the body. Too much uric acid in the body can result in gout and kidney stones.|