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May 30, 2015

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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

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

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

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

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

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

Turning to Freshwater Sources to Fight Drug-Resistant Tuberculosis, Other Infections

Apr. 8, 2015 — The discovery of antibiotics produced by soil fungi and bacteria gave the world life-saving medicine. But new antimicrobials from this resource have become scarce as the threat of drug resistance ... read more

Apr. 8, 2015 — Bacteria found naturally on some bats may prove useful in controlling the deadly fungal disease known as white-nose syndrome, which has devastated bat populations throughout eastern North America and ... read more

Apr. 3, 2015 — Candida albicans causes potentially lethal infections in immunocompromised individuals. Now, using a modified CRISPR-Cas system, researchers can edit the fungus's genome systematically--an ... read more

Apr. 7, 2015 — New research has shed light on the complex challenge facing scientists battling one of the world's most devastating animal diseases. Chytrid fungus is thought to be behind the decline or ... read more

Mar. 31, 2015 — A team of researchers is studying possible links between reported hauntings and indoor air quality. It is known that some fungi, such as rye ergot fungus, may cause severe psychosis in ... read more

How a Deadly Fungus Evades the Immune System

Mar. 31, 2015 — New research has scientists re-thinking how a lethal fungus grows and kills immune cells. The study hints at a new approach to therapy for Candida albicans, one of the most common causes of ... read more

Skin Microbiome May Hold Clues to Protect Threatened Gold Frogs from Lethal Fungus

Mar. 23, 2015 — New information about the relationship between symbiotic microbial communities and amphibian disease resistance has been gained through a new study. A frog-killing fungus known as Batrachochytrium ... read more

Mar. 19, 2015 — Researchers finally have an answer to why mushrooms glow. The light emitted from those fungi attracts the attention of insects, including beetles, flies, wasps, and ants. Those insect visitors are ... read more

Purification, Characterization of ATP Synthase Complexes from Mitochondria of Four Fungal Species

Mar. 18, 2015 — ATP, the fuel of life, is produced in mitochondria of living cells by a molecular machine, the ATP synthase. Researchers have isolated the machines from four fungal species, compared their ... read more

Chitin, a Structural Molecule Associated With Allergy Response, Is Identified in Vertebrates

Mar. 13, 2015 — An unexpected discovery overturns a longstanding belief in the biological sciences. The research demonstrates that chitin, a molecule that was previously thought to be absent in vertebrates and that ... read more

Oil Palm Offers Cheap Biofuels, Bioplastics

Mar. 12, 2015 — Leftover plant matter from the production of palm oil could provide a generous source for making biofuels and environmentally friendly plastics. Researchers have developed a fungal culture for use in ... read more

Mar. 13, 2015 — The most species-rich fungal communities are in tropical rainforests, new research confirms. The estimated global species richness of fungi, 1.5–5.1 million species, however, seems to be a vast ... read more

Mar. 11, 2015 — Scientists have successfully transferred a receptor that recognizes bacteria from the model plant Arabidopsis thaliana - a dicot, to wheat -- a monocot. They showed that the receptor can trigger a ... read more

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