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April 30, 2017

Mushrooms Get Defensive

Apr. 27, 2017 — Some mushrooms produce long-chain unsaturated carboxylic acids as their chemical defense against insect larvae. The biosynthesis of these polyenes relies on only one enzyme, as scientists have now ... read more

Apr. 26, 2017 — New research shows that the invasive European paper wasp, Polistes dominulus, plays a role in facilitating sour rot disease in the absence of other ... read more

Using Tropical Microbes to Improve the Environment

Apr. 18, 2017 — Researchers are harnessing properties in tropical microbes to address a variety of environmental, agricultural and aquacultural ... read more

Apr. 7, 2017 — Researchers have identified a transcriptional program that drives arbuscule degeneration during AM symbiosis. This regulation of arbuscule lifespan has likely contributed to the 400MY stability of ... read more

Mar. 30, 2017 — Some fungal viruses (mycoviruses) that infect fungi associated with forest trees are able to cross the barriers between distantly related fungal species, report researchers. This overturns the former ... read more

Napping Flies Have Higher Resistance to Deadly Human Pathogen

Mar. 30, 2017 — Fruit flies that take frequent naps have the strongest resistance to both a fungal infection and to Drosophila 'superbug' bacteria, new research has discovered. The unexpected finding of ... read more

Novel Virus Breaks Barriers Between Incompatible Fungi

Mar. 23, 2017 — Scientists have identified a virus that can weaken the ability of a fungus to avoid pairing with other incompatible fungi, according to new research published in PLOS Pathogens. By promoting fungal ... read more

Mar. 22, 2017 — A fungal biopesticide that shows promise for the control of bed bugs is highly effective even against bed-bug populations that are insecticide resistant, according to ... read more

This Small Molecule Could Have a Big Future in Global Food Security

Mar. 10, 2017 — Researchers have used RNA molecules to prevent a corn-infecting fungus from producing a potent toxin. The approach could save millions of tons of crops each year from contamination with aflatoxin, a ... read more

Mar. 10, 2017 — Researchers have discovered and identified 16 new fungus gnat species in the Amazonia. The diverse gnat species maintain exceptionally rich parasitoid wasp species, which shows the importance of ... read more

Petrol, Jet Fuel Alternatives Are Produced by Yeast Cell Factories

Mar. 9, 2017 — There have been many attempts to modify this stubborn little enzyme, but none have succeeded. Until now. New findings show that the fatty acid synthase (FAS) enzyme has started to produce sustainable ... read more

Mar. 8, 2017 — Leaf-cutting ants can learn which plants are not suitable for the fungus gardens that supply their food before they even leave the colony, according to a ... read more

Mar. 6, 2017 — Tuomas Holopainen of the band Nightwish is a full-blooded nature person. This gave a conservation biologist an idea for the name of a new species he found in Finland. Discovered in eastern Lapland ... read more

Mar. 3, 2017 — The sequencing the genomes of 10 novel Aspergillus species, which were compared with the eight other sequenced Aspergillus species, has now been announced by researchers. With this first ever ... read more

Aging Can Be Good for You (If You're a Yeast)

Mar. 1, 2017 — It’s a cheering thought for anyone heading towards their golden years. Research has shown that ageing can be beneficial – albeit so far only in ... read more

Mar. 1, 2017 — Using living organisms such as bacteria or fungi, as an alternative to chemical fertilizers, can improve the soil biodiversity of green roofs, according to new ... read more

Feb. 24, 2017 — Anisoplin, a new protein produced by a pathogenic fungus of insects and mites that provides new possibilities for the design of biotechnological tools to control pests, researchers have ... read more

First Systematic Study of Deadly, Antibiotic-Resistant Fungus Reported

Feb. 24, 2017 — The deadly fungus, Candida auris, which has been found in hospitals, is resistant to entire classes of antimicrobial drugs, limiting treatment options for those infected. Microbiologists have ... read more

Fungus on Lawns: Novel Methods of Rhizoctonia Solani Control?

Feb. 23, 2017 — Scientists have identified a novel and important biological aspect of R. Solani while investigating brown patch infected cool-season turfgrasses: R. solani isolated from diseased tissue were ... read more

Feb. 23, 2017 — Florida avocados bring a $100 million-a-year impact to Florida’s economy, economists say. They grow almost entirely in southern Miami-Dade County, but growers have battled the laurel wilt fungus, ... read more

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