This tiny plant can send out a red glow, making its flames completely extinguished

This cool plant that lives in trees, shrubs and forests sends out a spray of white fluorescent liquid, that if brushed over the burning dark charcoal quickly suffocates the flames so they can never…

This tiny plant can send out a red glow, making its flames completely extinguished

This cool plant that lives in trees, shrubs and forests sends out a spray of white fluorescent liquid, that if brushed over the burning dark charcoal quickly suffocates the flames so they can never blaze again.

The plant is Muratia occidentalis and it’s a recent discovery that I stumbled upon as a professor at the Rutgers School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. But before you go scouring Amazon jungles for some of this fungus’s mushrooms, the plant is in limited availability, scientists say.

The exact extent of the plant’s many uses is difficult to trace. But for the man in the field, “I think it has a tremendous amount of potential for fire and structural and irrigation protection,” says researcher at Rutgers School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, Laurie Ezell.

So far, Izell has used Muratia occidentalis to control the wildfires on logging roads in the United States, as well as Europe and Africa. It has also been reported in areas hit by natural disasters, including Peru’s 2003 tsunami and last year’s Haiti earthquake. The plant, she says, was used to cool down aid workers making deliveries to affected areas by filling the hot pressure relief areas with cool air that keeps it cooler. Other uses? Reducing invasive species, but also planting or creating new patches of forests.

Yukichi Akamatsu, a professor of entomology at Rutgers, co-authored the study. “Since it was not available commercially to farmers, (Izell) was able to acquire it as a research tool,” he told UPI.

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