A skin-eating fungus from Europe could decimate Appalachia's salamanders – but researchers are working to prevent an outbreak

The Bsal fungus is not yet here in North America, or any place in the Western Hemisphere, but there is concern that the pet trade is the most likely route for introduction here.

Matt Gray, Professor, University of Tennessee • conversation
Nov. 6, 2020 ~8 min

Farmer ants could teach us a thing or two

Ants have been farmers for tens of millions of years and have even solved a problem we haven't. They know how to cultivate climate-resilient crops.

Ida Eriksen-U. Copenhagen • futurity
Nov. 5, 2020 ~6 min

A bout of powdery mildew leaves plants vulnerable

Prior exposure to powdery mildew makes plants more vulnerable to subsequent disease, research finds.

Marta Wegorzewska-WUSTL • futurity
Sept. 10, 2020 ~8 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

Team finds all-new species—on Twitter

Researchers first discovered the aptly named Troglomyces twitteri fungus by spotting it in an image of a millipede on Twitter.

Maria Hornbek-Copenhagen • futurity
May 18, 2020 ~6 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

Gene changes may save some bats from white-nose syndrome

A new study presents the first genetic evidence of resistance in little brown bats to the deadly fungal disease white-nose syndrome.

Jim Erickson-Michigan • futurity
Feb. 21, 2020 ~7 min

Pine forests could lose vast amounts of ‘friendly’ fungi

"In terms of ecosystem function, particularly buffering the atmosphere against climate change, ectomycorrhizal fungi are among the last microbes you want to lose."

Taylor Kubota-Stanford • futurity
Feb. 4, 2020 ~6 min

More fungi live in urban homes than in jungle huts

City apartments have more varieties of fungi and more industrial chemicals than do rural and jungle homes, researchers find.

Neal Buccino-Rutgers • futurity
Nov. 6, 2019 ~4 min

Team finds deadly fungus in Amazon frogs for the first time

Scientists thought lowland frogs living in the Peruvian Amazon were safe from the deadly chytrid fungus. A new study shows that's not the case.

Jim Erickson-Michigan • futurity
Oct. 18, 2019 ~6 min