PLoS Pathogens is an open-access scientific journal published by the Public Library of Science. It publishes research and reviews on the biology of pathogens and host-pathogen interactions. The 2010 impact factor is 9.079.
Study sheds new light on Candida albicans, mysterious fungus that has major health consequences
Researchers at the University of Toronto examined fungi in the mucus of patients with cystic fibrosis and discovered how one particularly cunning fungal species has evolved to defend itself against neighbouring bacteria.
Spread of Panama disease in banana caused by one single clone of the Fusarium fungus
Scientists at Wageningen University have demonstrated that the same clone of the Fusarium fungus is infecting Cavendish bananas in several countries dotted across the globe. This shows that this Fusarium clone, also known ...
How bees naturally vaccinate their babies
When it comes to vaccinating their babies, bees don't have a choice—they naturally immunize their offspring against specific diseases found in their environments. And now for the first time, scientists have discovered how ...
Hibernating bats mount a partial immune response against white nose fungus
White-nose syndrome (WNS), an invasive skin infection caused by the Pseudogymnoascus destructans (Pd) fungus has killed millions of bats since it was first seen in North America in 2007. A analysis of gene expression in hibernating ...
Genetic re-assortment shapes evolutionary and epidemiological changes in bluetongue virus
The repeated emergence of the Bluetongue virus (BTV) amongst European livestock in recent decades has been shaped by its ability to re-assort its genes, a study has found.
Rice can 'borrow' stronger immunity from other plant species, study shows
Like most other plants, rice is well equipped with an effective immune system that enables it to detect and fend off disease-causing microbes. But that built-in immunity can be further boosted when the rice plant receives ...
Honey bees use multiple genetic pathways to fight infections
Honey bees use different sets of genes, regulated by two distinct mechanisms, to fight off viruses, bacteria and gut parasites, according to researchers at Penn State and the Georgia Institute of Technology.
Understanding plants' immune systems could lead to better tomatoes, roses, rice
Spring is just around the corner and for millions of Americans, that means planting a garden with plenty of fruits and vegetables, including tomatoes. However, some of the plants will be infected by bacteria, leading to stunted ...
Fungus deadly to AIDS patients found to grow on trees
Researchers have pinpointed the environmental source of fungal infections that have been sickening HIV/AIDS patients in Southern California for decades. It literally grows on trees.
How viruses expand their host range: Insights from parvoviruses in domestic and wild carnivores
Virus multiplication continually generates new variants at a rate that is much faster than their hosts. One consequence of their higher mutation rate is that many viruses can rapidly adapt to new hosts. A study published ...