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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Fungi can tell us about the origin of sex chromosomes

Fungi do not have sexes, just so-called mating types.

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.

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.

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.

Temporary infidelity may contribute to the stability of ancient relationships

Fungus-farming ants have cultivated the same fungal crops for 50 million years.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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...

Einstein researchers' discover 'radiation-eating' fungi

Finding could trigger recalculation of Earth's energy balance and help feed astronauts

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

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.