The Białystok University of Technology has obtained a patent for the preparation (and the method of obtaining it from the fungus found in the Białowieża Forest - Aurantiporus fissilis) that can be used in the treatment of American foulbrood, a dangerous infectious disease of bees. Work on the patent took over two years.
Brittle stars, animals with five-segment radial (pentaradial) symmetry, lived millions of years ago in the territory of present-day Poland. They survived, although today they can only be found in high salinity waters. Fossil species of these agile echinoderms found in Kujawy and the Krakow-Częstochowa Upland have been described by scientists from Warsaw.