Latest Fungus Stories
The demise of the worldâ€™s forests some 250 million years ago likely was accelerated by aggressive tree-killing fungi triggered by global climate change.
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.
Many medical devices, ranging from artificial hip joints to dentures and catheters, can come with unwelcome guests â€“ complex communities of microbial pathogens called biofilms that are resistant to the human immune system and antibiotics, thus proving a serious threat to human health. However, researchers may have a new way of looking at biofilms.
Rice â€“ which provides nearly half the daily calories for the worldâ€™s population â€“ could become adapted to climate change and some catastrophic events by colonizing its seeds or plants with the spores of tiny naturally occurring fungi, just-published U.S. Geological Survey-led research shows.
North Carolina State University researchers have found that a subset of fungus-farming ambrosia beetles may be in the early stages of a global epidemic threatening a number of economically important trees, including avocados, poplars and oaks.
Plants, too, have an immune system that protects them against diseases.
San Francisco State University researcher finds bioluminescent fungus not seen since 1840.
Scientists have found that harmful fungal pathogens are enduring high temperatures, aggressive doses of detergents and rinsing salts, and both acid and alkaline types of water to take residency in dishwashers.
LMU chemists led by Professor Dirk Trauner have developed a concise and efficient method for the synthesis of the alkaloid loline and related compounds.
Scientists at Duke University Medical Center have found that larger fungal spores can be more lethal.
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...
- The deadly nightshade, Atropa Belladonna, which possesses stupefying or poisonous properties.
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