Rivers are among the most embattled ecosystems on Earth. Researchers are testing a new, inexpensive way to study river health by using eDNA to count the species that rivers harbor.
Penicillin originally came from a fungus, and with thousands of fungi to explore, Aotearoa New Zealand has a potential treasure trove of bacteria-killing compounds.
This is the first time researchers have calculated the amount of carbon released from the world’s decaying wood. They found insects play an enormous role.
There are more microorganisms in a teaspoon of soil than there are humans on Earth – but what are they all up to?
Prevention may be the best way to cope with the worldwide wave of treatment-resistant fungal pathogens.
Poison can be a deadly defense that helps a mushroom make sure its spores are spread to new places to grow into baby mushrooms.
This is a transcript of episode 15 of The Conversation Weekly podcast, which includes a story on the discovery of microscopic fungi at the world’s largest seed bank.
Plus, the hidden world of microscopic fungi found inside the world’s biggest seed bank. Listen to episode 15 of The Conversation Weekly podcast.
Invisible to the eye, the microbial life in the air around us can vary depending on our environment.
Technology is allowing scientists to better understand fungal viruses, with the aim of managing them more effectively.
We may think of plants as passive life forms, but they can cooperate, share resources, send one another warnings, and distance themselves from their communities when survival depends on it.
Forgot tempeh. The humble shroom has the potential to be used across industries, in ways we’re only beginning to grasp.
The idea that seed banks must be full of potentially helpful microfungi inside seeds was not a stretch, and yet no one had ever looked before.
Using tiny ‘soil chips’, researchers have observed the forgaging strategies of fungi at a microscopic scale for the first time.
Fungi are a small but important part of the gut microbiome. A new study in mice shows that how much weight mice gain on a processed food diet depends on this fungal microbiome.
How on earth did an obscure Roman social practice end up lending its name to a modern psychedelic?
Estimating the cost of antibiotic resistance to economies and health-care systems is fraught with difficulty, but new research says Australia will be hit harder than we think.
Going from a single spore to a finished fungi-derived leather product takes a couple of weeks. But raising a cow to maturity for bovine leather can take several years.
The COVID-19 pandemic has boosted interest in home gardening. Three scientists who garden explain some basic methods for controlling common insects and microbes that can spoil your crop.
Fungi and other organisms called oomycetes are
highly adaptable. That’s bad news for the global food supply.