Some sneaky plants steal food instead of exclusively making their own.
Since plants can't pick up and move to greener pastures if conditions are tough, some have evolved interesting and sneaky strategies to make a living.
Crops, soils and fungus are a tricky mix.
An ancient relationship between plants and fungi could be used in sustainable agriculture. But there's still a lot we don't know, and new research suggests these fungi can sometimes do more harm than good.
In 1998 Lee Berger identified a skin fungus as the cause of unexplained mass frog deaths.
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Lee's research identified the cause of mysterious and devastating mass frog extinctions that spread across the world starting in the 1970s: it was a skin fungus.
New study shows parasitic Escovopsis fungus attacks the bacteria leafcutter ants use to protect themselves.
The sweet-smelling, fluffy white fungus,
Huntiella moniliformis, engaging in sexual reproduction in the lab.
Understanding the sex lives of fungi can help in finding answers about disease control.
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Ultra-violet (UV) light can destroy a fungus that's devastating the animals in North America.
Could a secret ingredient make crumbling concrete a thing of the past?
Adding a bit of fungus to the initial ingredient list might be one way to endow concrete with the ability to fill in any bits of damage that occur, without the need for human intervention.
What can mating yeast tell us about new drugs?
By exploiting the way yeast cells mate, researchers have figured out a quicker, easier way to identify on- and off-target drug interactions.
People suffering fungal nail infections are often very distressed by the disfigurement they cause.
Although fungal nail infections are not life-threatening, they're an important health problem because of their high prevalence and poor response to therapy.
The spread of a multidrug-resistant fungal infection is rapid and alarming.
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…