Four organisms that show nature isn't so easily categorised.
Facing down a future with no bananas.
Every single Cavendish banana plant worldwide is genetically identical. This vast monoculture sets them up for disastrous disease outbreaks. But researchers have ideas on how to protect the crop.
Ash accounts for 20% of the UK’s trees.
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Over 100 species are dependent on Ash trees for survival – we need to act fast.
You couldn’t enjoy cheese like this without the intervention of micro-organisms.
Many of us shirk at the thought of bacteria or fungus in our food, but without them, we wouldn't have many of our favourite foods.
The Northern Corroboree frog is among seven species at grave risk from fungal disease.
Chytrid fungus has already wiped out six species of Australian frogs since the disease arrived in the 1970s. Without urgent action, seven more are facing extinction.
Your home is full of fungi.
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Moulds and fungi have been living with us for thousands of years - you just might not think about them until they become a problem.
Yellow Rust spores can be seen bursting out of a wheat leaf from the inside, tearing their way through the epidermis.
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A wheat-infecting pathogen is on the march in the UK - but new genetic techniques will enable faster, clearer diagnosis.
Tri colored bat with white-nose syndrome.
It’s been roughly eight years since white-nose syndrome (WNS) was first documented decimating bat populations in upstate New York. The disease is caused by the fungus Pseudogymnoascus destructans which…
Ash dieback - wilting our leaves since September 2012.
Ashwellthorpe Lower Wood in Norfolk, England has been managed by coppicing, an ancient form of forestry, for more than a thousand years. It was recorded as coppiced woodland in the Domesday Book published…
New research has shown sex between genetically identical organisms could actually be a mutanagenic - creating genetic changes…
A life-threatening fungus to cats and humans has been discovered by a University of Sydney researcher. The tumour-like fungus…