Underneath the shiny wrapper, a chocolate bunny is a fermented food.
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Sauerkraut, sourdough, beer…and chocolate? They’re all fermented foods that rely on microbes of various types to transform the flavor of their raw ingredients into something totally different.
Bananas in Java, Indonesia, infected by the fungal pathogen
Fusarium oxysporum f.sp. cubense, which causes Fusarium Wilt.
Fungi and other organisms called oomycetes are
highly adaptable. That’s bad news for the global food supply.
An invisible organism with worldwide influence.
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Yeast is a single-celled organism that’s everywhere around us. Understanding how yeast works can help you make better bread and appreciate this old friend of humanity.
He died so that we might eat cheese.
Your taste for cheese and yoghurt may never have been satisfied were it not for illicit microbial sex.
These foods are all dependent on microorganisms for their distinctive flavor.
Bread. Yeast. Wine. Cheese. All these delicious foods are courtesy of various forms of domesticated fungi. So how, exactly, did humans tame wild fungi into the cooperative species that make our food?
This is a medical illustration of an drug-resistant fungus,
Mention fungi and most people think of eating mushrooms or yeasts in bread or beer. But fungi are now on the CDC’s list of public health threats as the number of deadly infections they cause rise.
Researchers have discovered a lineage of yeast species that ignores the laws of cell growth.
Yeast isn’t just important for the foods we consume. A rogue lineage of yeast species that evolves faster than any other is revealing secrets that may help illuminate the molecular causes of cancer.
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.
In us, on us and all around us.
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