Latest Fungus Stories
An increasing number of crops commercially grown today are genetically modified (GM) to resist insect pests and/or tolerate herbicides.
More than 600 million people could be fed each year by halting the spread of fungal diseases in the world's five most important crops.
A new report released Monday says a European fungus is responsible for the deaths of millions of bats in the United States and Canada.
A new study by Rice University scientists reveals that plants can use the sense of touch to fight off fungal infections and insects.
Scientists at the University of Toronto have found a molecular mechanism that plays a key role in the transition of Candida albicans yeast into disease-causing fungus—one of the leading causes of hospital-acquired infection.
Most plants live in symbiosis with soil fungi and are supplied with water and nutrients as a result.
Usually, mould fungi are nothing to cheer about – but now they can be used as "chemical factories".
When it comes to conserving the world's orchids, not all forests are equal. In a paper to be published Jan. 25 in the journal Molecular Ecology, Smithsonian ecologists revealed that an orchid's fate hinges on two factors: a forest's age and its fungi.
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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