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The world’s driest areas are tipped to get even drier, with potentially worrying implications for soil productivity.

If the world’s soils keep drying out that’s bad news for microbes (and people)

The world's 'drylands' – already home to 38% of the world's people – are set to dry out even more. And that could harm the soil microbes that keep soils healthy and help crops to grow.
When microbes cause ants to become zombies. Tommy Leung

Meet the enemy of killer fungus that turns ants into zombies

One of most famous fungi in the world is the “zombie ant fungus”. It takes over the mind of an ant, causing it to climb up a branch and cling to the underside of a leaf before mummification. Once locked…
Brace yourself, a new infection is on the prowl. Ian Nicholson/PA

Brace yourself, internet: cats and dogs at risk from new fungus

A new fungal infection may spell doom for LOLcats and cute puppies. Researchers have found a fungus that affects cats, dogs and humans with nasty consequences. Vanessa Barrs at the University of Sydney…
This fungus is pretty harmless, but its tiny cousins are not. Bart Everson

The disease-causing fungi that lurk in your dishwasher

Researchers have found that dishwashers are particularly conducive to the growth and spread of disease-causing fungi. These fungi have been implicated in causing lung diseases and sometimes fatal infections…

Feet home to more than 80 fungi

A new study to be published in Nature magazine reveals the feet are home to a huge range of fungus. Considering fungi is…

Bacteria help fungi and ants digest leaves

Leafcutter ants are known for cultivating complex gardens of fungi and bacteria. While scientists have known for over a century…

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