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Deepwater Horizon Spill Affected Microbial Communities
2012-06-07 11:43:32

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com While the tar-stained beaches from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill may be long gone, the Gulf of Mexico´s smallest residents are still reacting to its effects. According to new research published in the journal PLoS ONE, hydrocarbon-consuming fungal communities now dominate the previously diverse range of microscopic marine life that once populated the shoreline. Samples collected around Dauphin Island, Ala., and Grand Isle, La., just before oil...

2012-06-07 08:43:41

Study published in Science indicates that fungus plays a role in inflammatory bowel disease Cedars-Sinai researchers say their examination of the fungi in the intestines suggests an important link between these microbes and inflammatory diseases such as ulcerative colitis. In the new study, published in the June 8 issue of Science, researchers at Cedars-Sinai's Inflammatory Bowel and Immunobiology Research Institute identified and characterized the large community of fungi inhabiting...

2012-06-06 12:24:12

The palms that Vietnamese villagers weave into hats, many varieties of lichens that depend on the pristine environment of the Great Smoky Mountains, and small, shrub-like trees that are threatened by development and deforestation in Brazil were among the scores of plant and fungus species that scientists at The New York Botanical Garden discovered and described in the course of one year. As part of their effort to catalog all plant life on Earth, Botanical Garden scientists named 81 new...

2012-05-22 13:00:46

New research presented at the ATS 2012 International Conference in San Francisco suggests that a significant proportion of children with asthma failing Step 4 or greater therapy may have severe asthma with fungal sensitization (SAFS). "SAFS is a newly described sub-phenotype of asthma, and its prevalence and clinical characteristics in children are unknown," said Alfin Vicencio, MD, chief of pediatric pulmonology and cystic fibrosis at the Cohen Children's Medical Center in Great Neck, NY,...

2012-05-15 22:26:14

Ancient plants grown in state-of-the-art growth chambers recreating environmental conditions from more than 400 million years ago have shown scientists from the University of Sheffield how soil dwelling fungi played a crucial role in the evolution of plants. This ground breaking work provides fundamental knowledge of how plants colonized the land before roots evolved and the co-evolution of one of the most ancient relationships, between fungi and early plants that played a founding role in...

The Zombie-Ant Fungus Is Under Attack, Research Reveals
2012-05-03 06:23:50

A parasite that fights the zombie-ant fungus has yielded some of its secrets to an international research team led by David Hughes of Penn State University. The research reveals, for the first time, how an entire ant colony is able to survive infestations by the zombie-ant fungus, which invades an ant's brain and causes it to march to its death at a mass grave near the ant colony, where the fungus spores erupt out of the ant's head. "In a case where biology is stranger than fiction, the...

Deadly Fungus Causing Dehydration In Wild Frogs
2012-04-27 04:47:07

According to a new study, the fungal infection killing amphibians around the world is causing deadly dehydration in frogs in the wild. The scientists say that high levels of Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis (Bd), the fungus known as the culprit behind the death of the frogs, disrupts fluid and electrolyte balance in the frogs.  As a result, the amphibians' sodium and potassium levels are depleted, causing cardiac arrest and death. San Francisco State University biologist Vance...

2012-04-25 12:13:52

Research on the fungus that ranks as one cause of dandruff – the embarrassing nuisance that, by some accounts, afflicts half of humanity – is pointing scientists toward a much-needed new treatment for the condition's flaking and itching. The advance is the topic of a report in ACS' Journal of Medicinal Chemistry. Claudiu T. Supuran and colleagues explain that dandruff involves an excessive shedding of dead skin cells from the scalp. In people without dandruff, it takes about 30...

2012-04-18 09:14:38

Experimental evidence reveals a reduction in arbuscular mycorrhizal fungal colonization of Bt corn An increasing number of crops commercially grown today are genetically modified (GM) to resist insect pests and/or tolerate herbicides. Although Bt corn is one of the most commonly grown GM crops in the United States, little is known about its effects on the long-term health of soils. Although there are many benefits to using biotechnology in agriculture, such as potentially reducing...


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2005-09-07 18:11:11

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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