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July 3, 2015 — Scientists are one step closer to understanding how a normally harmless fungus changes to become a deadly infectious ... read more

June 29, 2015 — A doctoral candidate in ecology and evolutionary biology is trying to determine how what happens underground, at the root level, can enhance habitat restoration effots. The research focus is on ... read more

Soils Are Living, Experts Explain

June 25, 2015 — Soils home to more creatures than there are humans on the earth, scientists report. This includes animals, insect, bacteria and ... read more

Nicotinoid, Fungal Disease Team Up to Break Down Termites' Tough Defenses

May 20, 2015 — A small amount of nicotinoid pesticide substantially weakens termites' ability to fight off fungal diseases, researchers report. This is a finding that could lead to more effective methods of ... read more

May 12, 2015 — Fish can produce their own sunscreen, scientists have discovered. Following suit, the researchers have copied the method used by fish for potential use in ... read more

May 5, 2015 — Researchers have found a way to make jet fuel from a common black fungus found in decaying leaves, soil and rotting fruit. The researchers hope the process leads to economically viable production of ... read more

'Silver Bullet' Kills Phytophthora, a Fungus That Affects More Than 400 Plants and Trees

May 5, 2015 — Silver nanoparticles produced with an extract of wormwood can stop several strains of the fungus phytophthora dead in its ... read more

May 4, 2015 — An "ancient relationship" between fungi and plant roots creates a genetic expression that leads to more root growth, scientists say. Common fungus could one day be used as ... read more

May 4, 2015 — Scientists have figured out the likely way that white-nose syndrome breaks down tissue in bats, opening the door to potential treatments for a disease that has killed more than six million bats since ... read more

Viruses: You've Heard the Bad; Here's the Good

Apr. 30, 2015 — Viruses, like bacteria, can be important beneficial microbes in human health and in agriculture, researchers say, following a review of the current literature on beneficial ... read more

Apr. 30, 2015 — A simple chemical compound kills several major fungi that affect human health, researchers report. The compound also may have applications for fungal diseases that affect wheat and rice ... read more

How the Lack of Specific Proteins Affects Development of Filamentous Fungi

Apr. 29, 2015 — Fungi can have a great economic impact. In industry, they are used as a source of enzymes or antibiotics. But they can also cause considerable economic damage as they are responsible for infections ... read more

Apr. 21, 2015 — The first specimens of slime molds from the Namib Desert in southern Africa have been discovered by an international group of scientists. Myxomycetes are not plants or animals but they share the ... read more

Apr. 20, 2015 — Working among venomous snakes in Australia's Jurien Dunes, researchers ask how biodiverse plants survive in some of the world's worst soils. Their discoveries may help to develop ... read more

Researchers Produce First Atlas of Airborne Microbes Across United States

Apr. 20, 2015 — The first atlas of airborne microbes across the continental US has been created by scientists, a feat that has implications for better understanding health and disease in humans, animals and crops. ... read more

Importance of 'Self-DNA' for Maintaining Diversity Among Species

Apr. 20, 2015 — In natural plant communities, diversity is maintained by limits set on each plant by itself. This involves a detrimental effect of self-DNA -- DNA from the same species released during decomposition ... read more

Researchers Can Trace Dust Samples Using Fungal DNA

Apr. 15, 2015 — Researchers have developed a statistical model that allows them to tell where a dust sample came from within the continental United States based on the DNA of fungi found in the sample. The work ... read more

Efficient Fungus Paralyzes, Kills Pathogens That Cause Losses in Cotton Crops

Apr. 15, 2015 — Researchers have identified beneficial fungi that were already tested as disease control agents in cotton crops. Among them is Trichoderma koningiopsis, which kills the parasite or pathogens that ... read more

Increased Atmospheric Carbon Dioxide Limits Soil Storage

Apr. 15, 2015 — Soil carbon may not be as stable as previously thought, scientists report, adding that soil microbes exert more direct control on carbon buildup than global climate models represent. This study, ... read more

Infectious Ants Become Antisocial

Apr. 14, 2015 — Combining experiments and epidemiological modeling, scientists explore how cleaning behavior affects disease spread in ... read more

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