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This category contains articles on Mycology (the science of fungi). Fungi include saprophytic and parasitic organisms that lack chlorophyll, e.g. molds, rusts, mildews, smuts, mushrooms and yeast.

Mycology Articles

Fungi the cause of many outbreaks of disease but mostly ignored
Report calls for new resources for studying fungi that impact human health and agriculture

Date: 7 Jun 2010, Rating: 4.75

Fungi Can Change Quickly, Pass Along Infectious Ability
Fungi have significant potential for “horizontal” gene transfer, a new study has shown – similar to the mechanisms that allow bacteria to evolve so quickly, become resistant to antibiotics and cause other serious problems.

Date: 7 Jun 2010, Rating: not rated

Fungus Enhances Susceptibility Of Resistant Malaria Mosquito To Pesticides
In areas where malaria mosquitoes have become resistant to chemical pesticides, mosquito-killing fungi can be an effective tool.

Date: 7 Jun 2010, Rating: 3.00

Visualizing Brain Invasion by a Fungus
Infection with the fungus Cryptococcus neoformans can cause meningitis (inflammation of the membranes surrounding the brain) and encephalitis (inflammation of the brain itself), conditions that are often lethal.

Date: 7 Jun 2010, Rating: not rated

This Is Your Brain on Cryptococcus: Pathogenic Fungus Loves Your Brain Sugar
Highly dangerous Cryptococcus fungi love sugar and will consume it anywhere because it helps them reproduce.

Date: 7 Jun 2010, Rating: 5.00

Orchids and fungi -- partners for life
Three Thai orchids have been found to rely on a wide range of fungi to help them take carbon out of the soil instead of producing their own organic carbon.

Date: 28 Aug 2009, Rating: 3.00

Fungi can tell us about the origin of sex chromosomes
Fungi do not have sexes, just so-called mating types.

Date: 28 Aug 2009, Rating: 4.00

Symbiotic fungus does not depend on fungus-farming ants for reproduction, researchers say
Fungus-farming ants around the world cultivate essentially the same fungus and are not as critical to the reproduction of the fungi as previously believed, biologists at The University of Texas at Austin have discovered.

Date: 28 Aug 2009, Rating: not rated

Professor hopes to help high elevation pines grow
Thread-like fungi that grow in soils at high elevations may play an important role in restoring whitebark and limber pine forests in Canada.

Date: 28 Aug 2009, Rating: not rated

Parasite causes zombie ants to die in an ideal spot
A study in the September issue of The American Naturalist describes new details about a fungal parasite that coerces ants into dying in just the right spot-one that is ideal for the fungus to grow and reproduce.

Date: 28 Aug 2009, Rating: not rated

Temporary infidelity may contribute to the stability of ancient relationships
Fungus-farming ants have cultivated the same fungal crops for 50 million years.

Date: 27 Aug 2009, Rating: not rated

Edible fungus foils dangerous grapefruit-drug interactions
Scientists in Florida report that adding an edible mushroom-like fungus to grapefruit juice may help to reduce the serious side effects that can occur when people taking certain prescription drugs drink grapefruit juice.

Date: 8 Feb 2009, Rating: 4.25

Kent scientists to tackle potentially lethal fungal infections
Scientists at the University of Kent have been awarded a major grant to help in the fight against fungal infections which can be potentially lethal for people whose immune systems are compromised, such those with HIV/AIDS.

Date: 29 Feb 2008, Rating: not rated

A world ruled by fungi
The catastrophe that extinguished the dinosaurs and other animal species, 65 million years ago also brought dramatic changes to the vegetation.

Date: 29 Feb 2008, Rating: 2.71

Decoding mushroom's secrets could combat carbon, find better biofuels & safer soils
Researchers at the University of Warwick are co-ordinating a global effort to sequence the genome of one of the World's most important mushrooms - Agaricus bisporus.

Date: 29 Feb 2008, Rating: not rated

Active compounds found in Ganoderma lucidum fungus with potential to treat prostate cancer
Research found that molecules found in common fungus Ganoderma lucidum aid in suppressing some of the mechanisms involved in the progression of prostate cancer.

Date: 29 Feb 2008, Rating: 4.57

Discovery about evolution of fungi has implications for humans, says U of M researcher
As early fungi made the evolutionary journey from water to land and branched off from animals, they shed tail-like flagella that propelled them through their aquatic environment and evolved a variety of new mechanisms...

Date: 29 Feb 2008, Rating: 4.13

Einstein researchers' discover 'radiation-eating' fungi
Finding could trigger recalculation of Earth's energy balance and help feed astronauts

Date: 29 Feb 2008, Rating: 1.00

New Method Confirms Importance of Fungi in Arctic Nitrogen Cycle
A new method to calculate the transfer of nitrogen from Arctic mushrooms to plants is shedding light on how fungi living symbiotically on plant roots transfer vital nutrients to their hosts

Date: 29 Feb 2008, Rating: 5.00

Metabolic network driven analysis of genome-wide transcription data from Aspergillus nidulans
Aspergillus nidulans is a model organism for aspergilli, which are an important group of filamentous fungi that encompasses human and plant pathogens as well as industrial cell factories.

Date: 3 Sep 2007, Rating: 5.00, 9 pages