Two new fungi have a gruesome way to kill flies

Two newly discovered species of fungi infect flies and then get them to rain down spores to infect others before they die, researchers have found.

Katherina Killander-U. Copenhagen • futurity
Dec. 15, 2020 ~5 min

How to manage plant pests and diseases in your victory garden

The COVID-19 pandemic has boosted interest in home gardening. Three scientists who garden explain some basic methods for controlling common insects and microbes that can spoil your crop.

Carolee Bull, Professor of Plant Pathology and Systematic Bacteriology, Pennsylvania State University • conversation
July 2, 2020 ~9 min

Crop pathogens are more adaptable than previously thought

Fungi and other organisms called oomycetes are highly adaptable. That's bad news for the global food supply.

Antonis Rokas, Cornelius Vanderbilt Chair in Biological Sciences, Professor of Biological Sciences and Biomedical Informatics, and Director of the Vanderbilt Evolutionary Studies Initiative, Vanderbilt University • conversation
June 23, 2020 ~5 min

A new hybrid fungus is found in hospitals and linked to lung disease

Researchers have discovered the first known example of a hybrid fungus that infects humans.

Antonis Rokas, Cornelius Vanderbilt Chair in Biological Sciences, Professor of Biological Sciences and Biomedical Informatics, and Director of the Vanderbilt Evolutionary Studies Initiative, Vanderbilt University • conversation
June 4, 2020 ~10 min

Scientists are working to protect invaluable living collections during coronavirus lockdowns

From fungi and flies to spiders and fish, living collections need care and feeding even when their human keepers are dealing with a pandemic and its resultant social distancing.

Rita Rio, Professor of Biology, West Virginia University • conversation
April 23, 2020 ~9 min

For patients with fungal infections, specialists save lives

About 40% to 50% of people with fungal infections that Candida caused die, but when infectious disease specialists oversee care, death rates can drop 20%.

Tamara Bhandari-Washington University • futurity
Sept. 25, 2019 ~4 min

Maps reveal symbiosis in the world’s forests

New maps document the symbiotic relationships among trees, fungi, and bacteria in the world's forests.

Taylor Kubota-Stanford • futurity
May 21, 2019 ~7 min

Harvard scientist finds microbial contaminants in e-cigs

New research from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health has examined 75 popular e-cigarette brands and found that 27 percent contained traces of bacterial and fungal toxins associated with myriad health problems.

Chris Sweeney • harvard
April 25, 2019 ~4 min

Killer fungus is wiping out world’s amphibians

An invasive fungus has led to the decline of 501 species of amphibians. Scientists say we're running out of time to come up with a solution.

U. Melbourne • futurity
April 2, 2019 ~8 min

Absurdly expensive ‘Himalayan Viagra’ faces extinction

Climate change and a booming demand could be devastating for a fungus aphrodisiac that can sell for more than three times the price of gold.

Josie Garthwaite-Stanford • futurity
Oct. 25, 2018 ~7 min

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