Microscopic image of the common environmental mould
Aspergillus fumigatus – harmless to most people but can be deadly if you have a weakened immune system.
Dr David Ellis, University of Adelaide
On your marks, get ready, go! Australian researchers compete in a global event to try to stop fungal diseases.
A John Deere tractor makes its way through floodwaters in Fargo, North Dakota.
AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster
Recent extreme rains and weather in the Midwest are causing a multitude of problems in the topsoil that much of the nation's food supply relies on.
Candida albicans causes candidiasis, or thrush.
A deadly fungus called _Candida auris_, is among us and is now detected in more than 20 countries. It is resistant to many anti-fungal drugs. But a familiar fungus may reveal a solution.
The ghost fungus emits an eerie green glow.
Wander in the dark forest and you might spot the radioactive glow of the ghost fungus.
Mould isn’t just unsightly – it can be dangerous for our health.
The aftermath of flooding provides the perfect breeding ground for mould in our homes. It's important to properly remove it so it doesn't affect our health.
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.
A tree-killing beetle has invaded South Africa. This is what should be done.
The split gill mushroom
Schizophyllum commune, a fungal species that includes more than 20,000 sexes.
There is more to sex than male and female. For some species there are hundreds and even thousands of sexes and mating types.
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.
A microscopy image of
Aspergillus fumigatus fungus, one of the biggest killers of patients with weak immune systems.
Mark Stappers/Kevin Mackenzie
Fungi perform a vital role in the biological cycle, but pose an increasing danger to human health – invasive fungal infections kill three times more people than malaria.
New study shows parasitic Escovopsis fungus attacks the bacteria leafcutter ants use to protect themselves.
Ant colonies direct traffic flows of millions of individuals along the best routes – army ants even manage inbound and outbound lanes – but how?
Insects aren't known for having big brains, and slime moulds and fungi don't have any. So how do they solve challenges that test the ingenuity of human transport engineers?
Mushrooms for many are just an addition to a slice of pizza, but the fungi are now gaining a reputation for their nutrients.
Mushrooms, long popular on pizza and in cooking, are getting more attention for their health benefits. Here are some reasons you might want to add them to your grocery list and not just your pizza.
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.
The polyphagous shothole borer is tiny - but a fungus it’s commonly associated with can be deadly for trees.
Wilhelm de Beer
The beetle and the fungus have devastated trees in California in the US as well as in Israel. Now they're in South Africa.
Potting mix is known to carry harmful bacteria and fungi.
Photo by Markus Spiske on Unsplash
The risk of bacterial or fungal infection from potting mix is very low. Wearing gloves and washing your hands will keep it even lower.
Autumn edible mushrooms, mostly Boletus edulis.
The global mushroom industry is worth $35 billion yearly and growing. But mushrooms and other fungi play important ecological roles that scientists are still learning about – and some may be endangered.
Aspergillus fungal culture.
When it comes to fighting antimicrobial resistance, most of the focus is on bacteria. But we'd be foolish to forget about fungi.
Four organisms that show nature isn't so easily categorised.
Soil needs the right structure and microbial ecology to help your plants grow.
Soil is more than just dirt. It's a complex ecosystem and if it's healthy your plants will be happier.