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Researchers study fungal diversity and its relationship to the future of forests


If you indulge in truffles, or porcini and chanterelle mushrooms, you have enjoyed a product of ectomycorrhizal fungi.…
Could Future Homes on the Moon and Mars Be Made of Fungi?

January 16, 2020

Science fiction often imagines our future on Mars and other planets as run by machines, with metallic cities…
Global collaboration creates world’s first open-source database of natural microbial products

December 21, 2019

Surprisingly, despite our extensive knowledge of the chemical compounds found in nature, there has never been a comprehensive,…
Make fungi think they’re starving to stop them having sex, say scientists

October 30, 2019

Tricking fungi into thinking they’re starving could be the key to slowing down our evolutionary arms race with…
Painkillers from mud – scientists are creating drugs that are as potent as opioids

October 18, 2019

Quick, find a new painkiller! Where will you look? Scientists from The University of Queensland and University of…
New Class of Painkillers Offers all the Benefits of Opioids, Minus the Side Effects and Addictiveness

October 16, 2019

Working on a sample of estuarine mud, collected next to a boat ramp in Tasmania 16 years ago,…
Gold-coated fungi are the new gold diggers

May 28, 2019

Australian scientists have discovered gold-coated fungi near Boddington in Western Australia. The thread-like fungi attach gold to their…
Researchers map symbiotic relationships between trees and microbes worldwide

May 17, 2019

In and around the tangled roots of the forest floor, fungi and bacteria grow with trees, exchanging nutrients…
Research explains nature of key plant-fungus interfaces

March 6, 2019

For millions of years, plants and fungi have exchanged crucial nutrients such as phosphate and fatty acids. These…
Andrew Miller and his colleagues created the first comprehensive checklist of North American fungi. Illinois Natural History Survey mycologist Andrew Miller and his colleagues created the first comprehensive checklist of North American fungi. In his right hand, Miller holds the Western giant puffball (Calvatia booniana), and in the other hand, chicken of the woods (Laetiporus sulphureus). Photo by L. Brian Stauffer / University of Illinois
North American checklist identifies the fungus among us

November 29, 2018

Some fungi are smelly and coated in mucus. Others have gills that glow in the dark. Some are…
Expanding fungal diversity, one cell at a time

October 10, 2018

They can be found on forest floors, in swamps and in houses, ranging in size from smaller than…
Fungal infections in humans may be treated with compounds from herbicides

October 5, 2018

Herbicides are chemical compounds used to control unwanted plants. Usually these chemicals are called weedkillers, because they essentially…
No defense for some plants in the eat-or-be-eaten world of grasslands

August 16, 2018

If you’re a gardener, you may not be too thrilled when insects, rabbits, fungi and other plant-eaters nibble…
The biotech industry should change production methods?

June 28, 2018

The biotech industry uses living organisms, such as fungi, bacteria and microbes to produce a wide range of…
New Building Materials Created out of Fungus, Rice and Glass

June 20, 2018

By combining agricultural and industrial waste, bound by the Trametes versicolor fungus, scientists have developed a low-carbon, fire-resistant…
How germs thrive on school desks

June 8, 2018

Looking at the microbial communities that grow on students’ desks, a team of Yale researchers found that the…
A hidden world of communication, chemical warfare, beneath the soil

May 30, 2018

The soil supporting a field of crops teems with life. Untold numbers of bacteria and fungi strive for…
Plants, fungi and bacteria work together to clean polluted land

April 6, 2018

Highly complex interactions among roots, fungi and bacteria underlie the ability of some trees to clean polluted land,…
Scientists poised to win the race against rust disease and beyond

February 28, 2018

In a race to prevent and control rust disease epidemics, scientists have positioned themselves to better understand how…
Taking a piece of home with you: Farming fungi in a new Azteca ant colony

February 28, 2018

Moving to a new home is usually accompanied with a long to-do list, from painting the walls to…
How to improve the manufacturing of biofuels? Fungi have the answer

February 21, 2018

Every so often scientists look for inspiration in nature. Usually it is for some structures or substances that…
From fungi to humans, ‘smart valves’ assist communication within, between cells

February 2, 2018

A basic structure that allows cells and subcellular units to converse in chemical language turns out to have…
Researchers identify immune cells that keep gut fungi under control

January 15, 2018

Immune cells that process food and bacterial antigens in the intestines control the intestinal population of fungi, according…
Storming the cellular barricades to fight fungi

September 13, 2017

Yale scientists have developed a new class of small molecules that attack fungal infections by clinging to the…
Growing a startup with a big impact from a tiny fungi

August 10, 2017

Entrepreneur Tyler Huggins grew up in rural Montana in a family of loggers and miners. But he wanted…
Study targets lethal fungal infection

July 24, 2017

The development of new drugs to fight a common fungal pathogen which kills half a million people globally…
Researchers use new techniques to pinpoint evolution in fungi

July 14, 2017

Authors from Yale and Michigan State University collaborated on a National Science Foundation study of five types of…
Board game helps Mexican coffee farmers grasp complex ecological interactions

June 22, 2017

A chess-like board game developed by University of Michigan researchers helps small-scale Mexican coffee farmers better understand the…
International team uncovers new approach to combat deadly fungal infection

June 16, 2017

Each year, invasive fungal infections sicken an estimated 2 million people worldwide and kill nearly 800,000 — but…
Technology unlocks mold genomes for new drugs

June 14, 2017

Fungi are rich sources of natural molecules for drug discovery, but numerous challenges have pushed pharmaceutical companies away…
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