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Fungus News
December 9, 2019

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An enormous library of products derived from more than 10,000 fungi could help us find new drugs. Researchers have set up this library and screened it for biologically active ... read more

An Apple Carries About 100 Million Bacteria -- Good Luck Washing Them Off

A new study shows that organic apples harbor a more diverse and balanced bacterial community -- which could make them healthier and tastier than conventional apples, as well as better for the ... read more

Algae Living Inside Fungi: How Land Plants First Evolved

New research presents evidence that algae could have piggybacked on fungi to leave the water and to colonize the land, over 500 million years ... read more

Scientists Make Fundamental Discovery to Creating Better Crops

Scientists have discovered the specific gene that controls an important symbiotic relationship between plants and soil fungi, and successfully facilitated the symbiosis in a plant that typically ... read more
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How Tiny Enzymes Reign Supreme in Worldwide Carbon Recycling

That white rot fungi on fallen logs in a forest, it's super ... read more

Chitin-Binding Proteins Override Host Plant's Resistance to Fungal Infection

A recent article studies chitin-binding proteins from a soilborne fungus (Verticillium nonalfalfae) that causes vascular wilt in plants. This fungus binds a particular protein (VnaChtBP) to chitin in ... read more

Nematode Fumigants Have Very Low Long-Term Impact on Soil Health, Study Suggests

It started with curiosity. How does a fumigant, commonly used for nematode management in potato cropping systems, influence soil microbial communities? To explore this question, scientists used ... read more

Origin of Deadly Wheat Pathogen Revealed

A team of researchers has uncovered the basis of stem rust pathogen Ug99's wide virulence, attacking a direct threat to the world wheat ... read more

Minimizing Post-Harvest Food Losses

Researchers develop biological methods to improve the shelf life of fruit and ... read more

New Evidence That Bacteria Drive Biodiversity in the Cape Floral Region

South African botanists have found evidence that the largest Cape geophyte genus, Oxalis, has developed a unique association with the bacterial genus Bacillus, that help it to fix nitrogen from the ... read more

First in-Depth Study of Marine Fungi and Their Cell-Division Cycles

A first deep dive into the diversity of marine fungi and their cell division cycles has revealed unusual cell cycles, cell division patterns, and polarity. The study broadens our knowledge of ocean ... read more

Fire-Spawned Forest Fungi Hide out in Other Organisms

When a wildfire obliterates a forest, the first life to rise from the ashes is usually a fungus - one of several species that cannot complete its life cycle in the absence of fire. Scientists have ... read more

Fungi Could Reduce Reliance on Fertilizers

Introducing fungi to wheat boosted their uptake of key nutrients and could lead to new, 'climate smart' varieties of crops, according to a new ... read more

Phylogenetic Analysis Forces Rethink of Termite Evolution

Despite their important ecological role as decomposers, termites are often overlooked in research. Evolutionary biologists have constructed a new family tree for this unassuming insect brood, ... read more

First Widespread Chytrid Fungus Infections in Frogs of Peruvian Amazon Rain Forests

Biologists have documented, for the first time, the widespread presence of the notorious chytrid fungus in 80 species of frogs from lowland rain forest sites in the Peruvian ... read more

Taming the Wild Cheese Fungus

The flavors of fermented foods are heavily shaped by the fungi that grow on them, but the evolutionary origins of those fungi aren't well understood. Experimental findings offer microbiologists ... read more

Meet the 'Mold Pigs,' a New Group of Invertebrates from 30 Million Years Ago

Fossils preserved in Dominican amber reveal a new family, genus and species of microinvertebrate from the mid-Tertiary period, a discovery that shows unique lineages of the tiny creatures were living ... read more

New Mechanism in the Liver Helps Prevent Invasive Fungal Infections

An expert in intravital microscopy is making breakthroughs in invasive fungal infections. He has discovered a pathway by which liver macrophages capture fungi before dissemination to target organs ... read more

Nodulation Connected to Higher Resistance Against Powdery Mildew in Legumes

Scientists have long known that nodulation is important to plant health. Nodulation occurs when nodules, which form on the roots of plants (primarily legumes), form a symbiotic relationship with ... read more

Fungal Invasion of Pancreas Creates Cancer Risk

Certain fungi move from the gut to the pancreas, expand their population more than a thousand-fold, and encourage pancreatic cancer growth, a new study ... read more

Did Long Ago Tsunamis Lead to Mysterious, Tropical Fungal Outbreak in Pacific Northwest?

The Great Alaskan Earthquake of 1964 and the tsunamis it spawned may have washed a tropical fungus ashore, leading to a subsequent outbreak of often-fatal infections among people in coastal regions ... read more

New Fungus-Derived Antibiotic: Relief in Sight for Immunocompromised People

Infections that are treatable in healthy people can often be fatal in immunocompromised individuals (people with a weak immune system), and hence, they require specialized treatment. Eushearilide is ... read more

Scientists Track Frog-Killing Fungus to Help Curb Its Spread

With the help of advanced genetic testing and hundreds of frog skin swabs, an international team of researchers has created the most complete map to date of when and where different genetic variants ... read more

How Fungal Biofilm Structure Impacts Lung Disease

Findings from an innovative new study reveal that the way in which human fungal pathogens form colonies can significantly impact their ability to cause disease. Understanding how these colonies form ... read more

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