Latest Fungus Stories
The popular forage and turf grass called tall fescue covers a vast amount of land in the U.S. -- an area that's estimated to be larger than Virginia and Maryland combined -- and a new study by ecologists at Rice University and Indiana University suggests there is more to fescue than meets the eye.
Digger wasps of the genus Philanthus, so-called beewolves, house beneficial bacteria on their cocoons that guarantee protection against harmful microorganisms.
New Tel Aviv University research investigates anti-fungal agents in the sticky "pitchers" of carnivorous plants.
They haven't had sex in some 30 million years, but some very small invertebrates named bdelloid rotifers are still shocking biologists â€“ they should have gone extinct long ago.
Pistachios, almonds and other popular tree nuts might someday be routinely sprayed with a yeast called Pichia anomala.
The efficient methods of a slime mold could inform human engineers.
An estimated 25,000 Americans develop severe fungal infections each year, leading to 10,000 deaths despite the use of anti-fungal drugs.
Mold and mildew may be doomed.
Roughly 15,000 years ago, at the end of the last ice age, North America's vast assemblage of large animals â€” including such iconic creatures as mammoths, mastodons, camels, horses, ground sloths and giant beavers â€” began their precipitous slide to extinction.
A team of researchers at the Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) Life Sciences and Bioengineering Center at Gateway Park has developed a new model system to study fungal infections.
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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