Keanumycins has been named to honor Reeves' many iconic killer characters as they are very effective in killing fungi that affect plants and animals.
Keanu Reeves is known for his humble nature and is loved by millions of fans. Besides starring in blockbuster movies, the 58-year-old Canadian actor does a lot of charity work and has a squeaky-clean reputation in Hollywood. But now, Reeves will also be known to us as a fungicide. We aren't kidding.
According to CNN, scientists at the Leibniz Institute in Germany have discovered a new fungicide and have decided to name it after the John Wick actor. They obviously had a justified reason to do this. Apparently, the fungicide has highly effective killing properties just like the master assassins Reeves has played in several of his films.
A researcher with Germany's Leibniz Institute for Natural Product Research and Infection Biology, Sebastian Götze stated that "the potential treatment for fungi comes at a time when the organisms are becoming more and more resistant to known antifungals."
"The lipopeptides kill so efficiently that we named them after Keanu Reeves because he, too, is extremely deadly in his roles," Götze elaborated. The keanumycins are composed of three compounds known as keanumycins A, B, and C, which are highly effective in killing fungi that affect both plants and humans.
“Hey, how do we get more press for our publication?”— Dr. Kayleigh O'Keeffe (@KOKeeffe12) March 3, 2023
Keanumycins. Brilliant. pic.twitter.com/RNrqHmpZYQ
The newly discovered keanumycins are a natural byproduct of the bacteria Pseudomonas which are usually found in soil and water. Thankfully, the scientists came across the compounds while studying Pseudomonas for their effectiveness against predatory amoebas. Whether or not we are able to dive deep into the scientific jargon, we can well imagine the fungicide-stopping fungal infections like Neo stopping bullets in The Matrix.
Reeves isn't the first celebrity who has had some scientific discovery named after him. According to Dollar Deals, biologists in Ecuador recently discovered a mystical stream frog and named it after fantasy author J.R.R. Tolkien. In another instance, biologists discovered five new species of snakes in Central and South America, one of which was named after actor Leonardo DiCaprio's mother, Irmelin Indenbirken.
"Keanumycins are powerful pest control agents protecting plants from the devastating fungal phytopathogen Botrytis cinerea. They are so efficient at killing that we named them in tribute to the actor Keanu Reeves, who played many iconic killers in his cinematic career." pic.twitter.com/n6TS8SgRoR— Francis Villatoro (@emulenews) March 1, 2023
The internet erupted in cheers and awe as they appreciate the scientist's idea to name the new fungicide after their beloved actor. Several netizens took to Reddit and other social media sites to react to the news. Reddit user u/Diablojota joked: "So this should prevent a Last of Us type scenario, right?" Another user, u/Joeyfingis, wrote: "I can't wait to be able to name some goofy science stuff when my paper gets accepted." u/vagabond_ raised a valid question: "Strictly speaking, shouldn't they be named after John Wick?"
Whether or not scientists could have named the fungicide after John Wick's titular character is a matter that's up for debate over the internet. But sure enough, Reeves' fans are happy for him and the new fungicide which is out to slay fungal infections like a pro assassin and hopefully save humanity.
Always supporting my husband! Keanumycins will save humanity! 😁 https://t.co/zgensqGCZW— Sid Chambers, PhD (@ArtfulTakedown) February 26, 2023