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The red salamander (Pseudotriton ruber) is a species endemic to the United States. Betty4240/iStock via Getty Images

A skin-eating fungus from Europe could decimate Appalachia’s salamanders – but researchers are working to prevent an outbreak

The Bsal fungus is not yet here in North America, or any place in the Western Hemisphere, but there is concern that the pet trade is the most likely route for introduction here.
The tops of diseased, dying trees amid healthy trees in South Africa’s Harold Porter Botanical Gardens. Mike Wingfield

Tree diseases can change entire landscapes and must be taken seriously

These plants play a crucial role in a delicate ecosystem. If Cape Beech trees or in fact other native tree species are wiped out, that whole ecosystem shifts.
Campus shutdowns mean researchers must be classified as essential personnel to tend collections, like these fungus-colonized plants. Cameron Stauder

Scientists are working to protect invaluable living collections during coronavirus lockdowns

From fungi and flies to spiders and fish, living collections need care and feeding even when their human keepers are dealing with a pandemic and its resultant social distancing.
Three North American little brown bats with signs of white-nose syndrome, which is virtually certain to hit Australian bats without further action. KDFWR/Terry Derting

Australia’s threatened bats need protection from a silent killer: white-nose syndrome

It's been a deadly summer for Australia's wildlife. But beyond the fires, we need to act now to protect bats -- which make up a quarter of Australian mammal species -- from a silent overseas killer.
Candida auris fungi, is becoming resistant to many anti fungal drugs. Kateryna Kon/Shutterstock.com

Why does the CDC want us to ‘Think Fungus’?

When people get sick, they often suspect bacteria and viruses as the cause. But now the CDC is asking physicians and patients to consider another culprit: fungi.
First recognised ten years ago, Candida auris is a fungus within the genus Candida. From shutterstock.com

Explainer: what is Candida auris and who is at risk?

Candida auris is a fungus which breeds most commonly in health-care settings. It's cause for concern because it's hard to detect, and is resistant to many anti-fungal drugs.
Could a secret ingredient make crumbling concrete a thing of the past? m_e_mccarron

Fungi can help concrete heal its own cracks

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.

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