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How the rice blast fungus “eats” its own cell wall to launch an attack

January 10, 2020

In response to environmental changes and nutrient starvation, cells are known to undergo extreme alterations. This includes switching…
Researchers find new evidence that a fungus can be hard to find

December 10, 2019

A team of experts have discovered that a common fungus that infects humans can not only predict an…
White-Nose Syndrome – Fight the Fungus, Save Our Bats

November 29, 2019

Hibernating bats in North America are in trouble. An invasive fungus, Pseudogymnoascus destructans, that causes a disease called…
First widespread chytrid fungus infections in frogs of Peruvian Amazon rain forests reported

October 18, 2019

University of Michigan biologists have documented, for the first time, the widespread presence of the notorious chytrid fungus…
Deadly fungus found in Far North Queensland

October 4, 2019

James Cook University’s (JCU) Dr Matt Barrett confirmed the identity of the Poison Fire Coral fungus after local…
Grant funds UGA mycologist’s study of fungus that affects humans

September 24, 2019

University of Georgia mycologist Marin Brewer has been awarded close to $500,000 from the United States Department of…
Fungal compound deodorizes skunk smell

July 26, 2019

Being sprayed by a skunk is no fun for people or their pets, and the strong, stinky secretions…
ORNL scientists make fundamental discovery to creating better crops

July 23, 2019

A team of scientists led by the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory have discovered the specific…
Cicada fungus may foster new drug discoveries

July 4, 2019

If cicadas made horror movies, they’d probably film the actions of their counterparts plagued by a psychedelic fungus.…
Fungal batteries will store alternative energy

May 28, 2019

Researchers from DTU Bioengineering and Aalborg University have joined the quest to find mould fungi that are particularly good at producing pigments—quinones—which…
We’re Only as Good as Our Microbiomes Are Happy

May 2, 2019

Our guts are home to a cast of billions: bacteria, viruses, and fungi all congregate and collectively make…
Targeting how fungi ‘taste’ wheat could be key to developing control

April 25, 2019

Scientists believe new control strategies for Fusarium Head Blight could be developed by targeting how the fungus ‘tastes’…
A fungus, an antibiotic, a parasite, and a cure

April 10, 2019

Researchers have turned a fungus into a disease-curing factory through modern genetic engineering and patience. The natural antibiotic…
‘Mutation hotspot’ allows common fungus to adapt to different host environments

March 6, 2019

The fungus Candida albicans is found in the gastrointestinal tract of about half of healthy adults with little if…
Caterpillar, fungus in cahoots to threaten fruit, nut crops, study finds

November 6, 2018

New research reveals that Aspergillus flavus, a fungus that produces carcinogenic aflatoxins that can contaminate seeds and nuts, has…
What Doesn’t Kill You: Surviving Deadly Pathogens

October 5, 2018

After suffering mass mortality for years due to infection with the deadly Batrachochytrium dendrobatridis fungus, or chytrid, some frog populations…
A fungus-farming ant is covered in white symbiotic bacteria, which the ant relies on to produce antibiotics to protect its garden from a parasitic fungus. Image credit: Alex Wild/University of Wisconsin-Madison
Set in amber, fossil ants help reconstruct evolution of fungus farming

October 3, 2018

Some 50 million years before humans figured it out, agriculture arrived in the world in a seemingly unlikely…
In dangerous fungal family’s befriending of plants, a story of loss

October 3, 2018

If Lewis Carroll had described in detail the mushroom Alice nibbles in Wonderland to shrink and grow to…
Resistance to antifungal drugs could lead to disease and global food shortages

May 21, 2018

An international team, led by researchers from Imperial College London and the University of Exeter, warns that improvements…
Battling Bubbles: How Plants Protect Themselves from Killer Fungus

May 18, 2018

In the battle between plants and pathogens, molecules called small RNAs are coveted weapons used by both invaders…
Leafcutter ants’ success due to more than crop selection

May 14, 2018

A complex genetic analysis has biologists re-evaluating some long-held beliefs about the way societies evolved following the invention…
New apple disease spoils even pasteurized foods

March 30, 2018

New Yorkers love apples. The Empire State is the second-largest apple grower in the U.S. and is the…
Frogs: Missing in Action

January 31, 2018

Once abundant in Southern California, the foothill yellow-legged frog inexplicably vanished from the region sometime between the late 1960s…
Study warns that snake fungal disease could be a global threat

January 2, 2018

A new study warns that a potentially deadly disease caused by the fungus Ophidiomyces ophidiodiicola, which already affects several species…
Wheat disease breakthrough to help feed the world

December 27, 2017

Famine may be largely a thing of the past but in recent years the re-emergence of a disease…
New technology makes oak wilt detection faster, more affordable

November 10, 2017

Oak wilt fungus is another invasive plant pathogen that often goes unnoticed, until it’s too late. Not anymore.…
“Good-Guy” Fungus to Take on Killer of Oaks and Ornamental Crops

August 3, 2017

A beneficial soil fungus could offer a biobased approach to battling Phytophthora ramorum, a pathogen that kills oaks,…
Deadly Fungus Affecting Hibernating Bats Could Spread During Summer

August 2, 2017

The cold-loving fungus (Pseudogymnoascus destructans, or Pd) that causes white-nose syndrome, a disease that has killed millions of…
Hot new imagery of wintering bats suggests a group behavior for battling white-nose syndrome

July 6, 2017

Hot new imagery from temperature-sensing cameras suggests that bats who warm up from hibernation together throughout the winter…
Snake Fungal Disease Identified in Wild British Snakes for First Time

June 20, 2017

Europe’s wild snakes could face a growing threat from a fungal skin disease that has contributed to wild…
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