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Bizarre new species discovered... on Twitter
A new species of fungus has been discovered via Twitter and christened accordingly -- Troglomyces twitteri. (2020-05-15)
Research shows fungicides effective in fighting Fusarium wilt of watermelon
Fusarium wilt is one of the most economically important diseases of watermelon and a major problem to growers worldwide. (2020-05-14)
Verticillium wilt fungus killing millions of trees is actually an army of microorganisms
A research project studied the microbiome of olive tree roots and concluded that Verticillium wilt is fueled by a community of microorganisms that team up to attack plants, thus reassessing the way this problem is dealt with (2020-05-04)
Common soil fungus could be ally in organic corn growers' fight against pests
A common soil fungus might be enlisted as a powerful partner by corn producers to suppress pests and promote plant growth, according to Penn State researchers, who suggest promoting the fungus could be an especially valuable strategy for organic growers who struggle with insect control. (2020-04-23)
Spores, please!
Black poplar leaves infected by fungi are especially susceptible to attack by gypsy moth caterpillars. (2020-04-20)
Ash dieback is less severe in isolated ash trees
New research published in the British Ecological Society's Journal of Ecology finds that ash dieback is far less severe in the isolated conditions ash is often found in, such as forests with low ash density or in open canopies like hedges, suggesting the long term impact of the disease on Europe's ash trees will be more limited than previously thought. (2020-04-16)
Self-isolation or keep calm and carry on -- the plant cell's dilemma
Self-isolation in the face of a pandemic may save lives but it comes at the expense of life-sustaining essentials such as transport, communication and connectivity. (2020-04-14)
Fungus application thwarts major soybean pest, study finds
The soybean cyst nematode sucks the nutrients out of soybean roots, causing more than $1 billion in soybean yield losses in the U.S. each year. (2020-04-09)
Fungus-derived gene in wild wheatgrass relative confers fusarium resistance in wheat
In a wild relative of cultivated wheat, researchers have found a gene, likely delivered through horizontal gene transfer from a fungus, they show, that drives resistance to fusarium head blight (FHB) -- an intractable fungal disease devastating wheat crops worldwide. (2020-04-09)
Impulse for research on fungi
For the first time, the cells of fungi can also be analysed using a relatively simple microscopic method. (2020-04-08)
Clemson researchers unraveling role of fungi in early childhood dental health
Clemson University researchers have conducted a study that may someday lead to better cavity prevention measures and treatments. (2020-04-06)
Plant disease primarily spreads via roadsides
A precise statistical analysis reveals that on the Åland Islands a powdery mildew fungus that is a common parasite of the ribwort plantain primarily spreads via roadsides because traffic raises the spores found on roadsides efficiently into the air. (2020-04-01)
Reanalysis of global amphibian crisis study finds important flaws
Last year in the journal Science, a research review concluded that the chytrid fungus caused the decline of at least 501 amphibian species, of which 90 have gone extinct. (2020-03-20)
Predicting the impacts of white-nose syndrome in bats
Researchers have found that the pathogen levels in the environment play a major role in whether bat populations are stable or experience severe declines from white-nose syndrome. (2020-03-16)
City of Hope scientists identify first invasive case of rare mold in a cancer patient
City of Hope scientists have found a toxic fungus previously thought to not be infectious in the sinus tissues of a man with refractory acute lymphocytic leukemia. (2020-03-11)
Study unravels how our immune system deals with fungal and viral infections
The body's immune response to fungal infections changes when a patient is also infected by a virus, according to new research which investigated the two types of infection together for the first time. (2020-02-27)
Double success for University drug resistance research
Swansea University research into the threat posed by antifungal drug resistance has been highlighted in two prestigious international journals. (2020-02-14)
The demise of tropical snakes, an 'invisible' outcome of biodiversity loss
That tropical amphibian populations have been crippled by the chytrid fungus is well-known, but a new study linking this loss to an 'invisible' decline of tropical snake communities suggests that the permeating impacts of the biodiversity crisis are not as apparent. (2020-02-13)
Pollinating opossums confirm decades-long theory
In Brazil there is a plant so strange that researchers predicted -- and 27 years later, proved -- that opossums are key to its pollination. (2020-02-12)
Researchers look to fungus to shed light on cancer
A team of Florida State University researchers from the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry found that a natural product from the fungus Fusicoccum amygdali stabilizes a family of proteins in the cell that mediate important signaling pathways involved in the pathology of cancer and neurological diseases. (2020-02-11)
The invisibility cloak of a fungus
The human immune system can easily recognize fungi because their cells are surrounded by a solid cell wall of chitin and other complex sugars. (2020-02-05)
Climate change affects soil health
Climate change is affecting the health of agricultural soils. Increased heat and drought make life easy for the pathogenic fungus Pythium ultimum. (2020-02-03)
Lost in translation: Organic matter cuts plant-microbe links
Soil scientists from Cornell and Rice Universities have dug around and found that although adding carbon organic matter to agricultural fields is usually advantageous, it may muddle the beneficial underground communication between legume plants and microorganisms. (2020-01-30)
Can chickpea genes save mustard seeds from blight disease?
During visits to fields in Assam, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh, India, plant biologists Muthappa Senthil-Kumar and Urooj Fatima found mustard plants infested with Alternaria blight disease. (2020-01-29)
Can a tiny invasive snail help save Latin American coffee?
While conducting fieldwork in Puerto Rico's central mountainous region in 2016, University of Michigan ecologists noticed tiny trails of bright orange snail excrement on the undersurface of coffee leaves afflicted with coffee leaf rust, the crop's most economically important pest. (2020-01-23)
How the rice blast fungus 'eats' its own cell wall to launch an attack
In response to environmental changes and nutrient starvation, cells are known to undergo extreme alterations. (2020-01-08)
Genes controlling mycorrhizal colonization discovered in soybean
Like most plants, soybeans pair up with soil fungi in a symbiotic mycorrhizal relationship. (2020-01-06)
Bark beetles control pathogenic fungi
Pathogens can drive the evolution of social behaviour in insects. (2019-12-20)
Leafcutter ants accelerate the cutting and transport of leaves during stormy weather
A study by researchers at the University of São Paulo's Luiz de Queiroz College of Agriculture (ESALQ-USP) in Brazil shows that leafcutter ants are capable of predicting adverse weather by sensing changes in atmospheric pressure. (2019-12-16)
Scientists have spotted new compounds with herbicidal potential from sea fungus
Scientists of Far Eastern Federal University (FEFU) and the G.B. (2019-12-06)
Current treatment for fungal meningitis is fueling drug resistance
A common first-line treatment approach for cryptococcal meningitis in low-income countries is being compromised by the emergence of drug resistance, new University of Liverpool research warns. (2019-12-06)
Anthracnose alert: How bacteria prime fifth-biggest global grain crop against deadly fungus
Sorghum anthracnose devastates crops of the drought- and heat-resistant cereal worldwide. (2019-12-02)
Using fungi to search for medical drugs
An enormous library of products derived from more than 10,000 fungi could help us find new drugs. (2019-11-26)
Interaction with fungus containing N2-fixing endobacteria improves rice nitrogen nutrition
Researchers have investigated the improvement of nitrogen nutrition in rice by interaction with the fungus Rhodotorula mucilaginosa and its N2-fixing endobacteria. (2019-11-22)
Bats in attics might be necessary for conservation
Researchers investigate and describe the conservation importance of buildings relative to natural, alternative roosts for little brown bats in Yellowstone National Park. (2019-11-19)
Chitin-binding proteins override host plant's resistance to fungal infection
A recent Molecular Plant-Microbe Interactions article studies chitin-binding proteins from a soilborne fungus (Verticillium nonalfalfae) that causes vascular wilt in plants. (2019-11-13)
Plants and fungi together could slow climate change
A new global assessment shows that human impacts have greatly reduced plant-fungus symbioses, which play a key role in sequestering carbon in soils. (2019-11-07)
Research brief: 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 supply. (2019-11-07)
Parasite manipulates algal metabolism for its own benefit
Researchers from the Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology and the universities of Jena and Frankfurt show that a pathogenic fungus alters the metabolism of its host unicellular algae, for its own purposes: the small bioactive substances that are formed in the process benefit the fungi's own propagation while preventing the algae from proliferating. (2019-10-30)
First South American insect that emits blue light is discovered
Larvae of a fungus gnat found in Iporanga, São Paulo State, Brazil, have bioluminescent properties previously observed only in species native to North America, New Zealand and Asia. (2019-10-30)
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