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2011-09-06 12:35:24

In a first-ever comprehensive study of the species origins of nature-derived drugs, it is shown that drug-producing species are concentrated and clustered in a limited number of families, refuting the conventional view that as every nature species produces biologically active molecules, one can find drugs from almost any major block of species groups if one looks for them hard enough. Whether you have a mild headache or you are running a fever, there is a high chance that the drug that is...

2011-09-01 17:06:14

Genetic detective work by an international group of researchers may have solved a decades-long mystery of the source of a devastating tree-killing fungus that has hit six of the world´s seven continents. In a study published today (Thursday, Sept. 1) in the peer-reviewed journal Phytopathology, California emerged as the top suspect for the pathogen, Seiridium cardinale, that is the cause of cypress canker disease. It was in California´s San Joaquin Valley in 1928 that S....

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2011-08-29 03:38:59

  Oregon State University (OSU) researchers have discovered a breed of freshwater zooplankton that they say can help combat a fungus that has been devastating amphibian populations around the world. According to the International Business Times, this particular species of zooplankton is known as Daphnia magna, a variety of aquatic flea from the genus Daphnia. They say that these organisms "could provide a desperately needed tool for biological control of the deadly fungus whose...

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2011-08-19 14:46:10

According to scientists with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the mysterious goo that was found after washing up to the shorelines in a village in Alaska is made up of fungal spores. The new analysis corrected an announcement made last week by Alaska-based NOAA scientists who initially determined that the material was a conglomeration of microscopic eggs or embryos despoiled by a form of crustacean. NOAA said scientists from the agency's Center for Coastal...

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2011-08-18 10:22:38

SF State's Vance Vredenburg and team continue focus on mass extinction of amphibians An international team of researchers has completed the first major survey in Asia of a deadly fungus that has wiped out more than 200 species of amphibians worldwide. The massive survey could help scientists zero in on why the fungus has been unusually devastating in many parts of the globe -- and why Asian amphibians have so far been spared the same dramatic declines. The disease chytridiomycosis, caused by...

2011-08-15 00:00:04

Plants and fungi form complex underground networks to trade nutrients and sugars. A new study in the journal Science reveals that partners have evolved a sort of free market economy, allowing them to avoid "Ëœcheaters' and change their trading partners if they don't get a fair deal. Amsterdam, Netherlands (PRWEB) August 14, 2011 Dr. Toby Kiers and her colleagues are interested in how mutualisms "“ cooperative interactions among different species "“ evolve and persist....

2011-08-10 18:33:06

Injecting mice with simple baker's yeast protects against the fatal fungal infection, aspergillosis, according to research published in the Journal of Medical Microbiology. The work could lead to the development of a human vaccine that protects immunocompromised people against a range of life-threatening fungal infections, for which current therapy often fails. Researchers from the California Institute for Medical Research, Santa Clara Valley Medical Center and Stanford University gave mice...

2011-08-08 19:44:25

FINDINGS: Whitehead Institute researchers have uncovered a novel association between two fungal recognition receptors on the surface of certain immune cells, called macrophages. The interaction of these receptors (dectin-1 and galectin-3) sheds new light on how the innate immune system discriminates between non-pathogenic and pathogenic fungi. RELEVANCE: Invasive fungal infections are a rising source of morbidity and mortality in healthy individuals, as well as in patients suffering from...

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2011-08-08 09:07:48

By Robert Sanders, UC Berkeley The demise of the world's forests some 250 million years ago likely was accelerated by aggressive tree-killing fungi triggered by global climate change, according to a new study by a University of California, Berkeley, scientist and her Dutch and British colleagues. The researchers do not rule out the possibility that today's changing climate could cause a similar increase in pathogenic soil bacteria that could devastate forests already stressed by a warming...

2011-08-04 17:00:41

Researchers led by Montana State University have found a surprising condition that occurs in the lungs after an invasion of a common mold that can cause deadly infections in humans. In the most oxygen-rich environment in the body "“ the lungs "“ the scientists discovered a shortage of oxygen. The shortage resulted from inflammation and invasive growth of the mold, which greatly reduced the oxygen available to the pathogenic mold Aspergillus fumigatus. The mold is generally found...


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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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Word of the Day
grass-comber
  • A landsman who is making his first voyage at sea; a novice who enters naval service from rural life.
According to the OED, a grass-comber is also 'a sailor's term for one who has been a farm-labourer.'