Latest Fungus Stories
In a paper in the journal Genetics, a research team at Worcester Polytechnic Institute reports that yeast produce a hormone previously known to be made by plants, and that the hormone can trigger fungal cells to become more infectious.
New research shows that nearly 1 in 5 cases of infection with the potentially deadly fungus Cryptococcus neoformans are caused by not one but multiple strains of the pathogen.
Scientists have unraveled the dynamics of a deadly disease that is wiping out amphibian populations across the globe.
Of all the things that might control the onset of disease epidemics in Michigan lakes, the shape of the lakes' bottoms might seem unlikely.
Contrary to popular belief, aphids are not just sap-sucking, plant-destroying enemies of agriculture -- in fact, these pests are genetic pioneers that evolved two unique traits.
Researchers reported Thursday that a possibly deadly fungus is spreading among people and animals throughout the northwestern United States and parts of western Canada.
SINGAPORE, April 20 /PRNewswire/ -- Over the next five years, technological advancements in therapeutics are expected to amplify the number of patients diagnosed with systemic fungal infection (SFI) in Thailand.
A tumor-causing maize fungus with the unsavory-sounding name "corn smut" wields different weapons from its genetic arsenal depending on which part of the plant it infects.
Highly dangerous Cryptococcus fungi love sugar and will consume it anywhere because it helps them reproduce.
Fungi have significant potential for "horizontal" gene transfer, a new study has shown, similar to the mechanisms that allow bacteria to evolve so quickly, become resistant to antibiotics and cause other serious problems.
Leafcutter ants are found in warmer regions of Central and South America. These remarkable social insects have evolved an advanced agricultural system. They feed on a specialized fungus that grows only in the underground chambers of the ants' nest. The ants actively cultivate their fungus, feeding it with freshly-cut vegetation and maintaining it free from pests and weeds. This is done by a symbiotic relationship with a colony of bacteria that grows on the ants that protect the fungus. The...
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