Voicemail discovered in nature: Insects receive soil messages from the past
Insects can use plants as 'green phones' for communication with other bugs. A new study now shows that through those same plants insects are also able to leave 'voicemail' messages in the soil. Herbivorous ...
Unique microbes found in extreme environment
Researchers who were looking for organisms that eke out a living in some of the most inhospitable soils on Earth have found a hardy few. A new DNA analysis of rocky soils in the martian-like landscape on some ...
Channeling our ion past
To understand how the first cells transported ions across their membranes, researchers are studying simple channels used by fungi to kill off bacteria.
Scientists at NYBG add 81 new species to the catalog of plant life on Earth
The palms that Vietnamese villagers weave into hats, many varieties of lichens that depend on the pristine environment of the Great Smoky Mountains, and small, shrub-like trees that are threatened by development ...
Fungi shifted plant balance of power
Cooperating with fungi didn't just help the earliest plants spread across a barren, rocky landscape; it also played a decisive role in the rise of more complex plants with roots and leaves that make up most ...
Ancient plant-fungal partnerships reveal how the world became green
Prehistoric plants grown in state-of-the-art growth chambers recreating environmental conditions from more than 400 million years ago have shown scientists from the University of Sheffield how soil dwelling fungi played a ...
The zombie-ant fungus is under attack, research reveals
A parasite that fights the zombie-ant fungus has yielded some of its secrets to an international research team led by David Hughes of Penn State University. The research reveals, for the first time, how an ...
Buttercups alert farmers to first signs of subarctic fungus in the UK
A plant disease normally found in subarctic climates has been identified for the first time in the UK in buttercups as far south as Herefordshire.
Genetically modified corn affects its symbiotic relationship with non-target soil organisms
An increasing number of crops commercially grown today are genetically modified (GM) to resist insect pests and/or tolerate herbicides. Although Bt corn is one of the most commonly grown GM crops in the Un ...
Predicting the microbial 'weather'
New computer models are letting scientists forecast changes in the population of microbes in the English Channel up to a week in advance.
How tropolones synthesized in fungi: 70-year-old chemical mystery solved
Chemists and biologists from the University of Bristol have finally cracked one of the longest standing chemical mysteries. In a paper published today in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the team demons ...
Scientists warn of emerging fungal peril
Fungal diseases are a major threat not just to wild plants and animals, but to us.
Interest in gourmet fungi is mushrooming
With its large clumps of cascading white tendrils, the Hericium erinaceus looks less like a mushroom and more like a lion's mane (its nickname).
17th century Dutch explorers help the Atlas reach a major milestone -- 30 million records
The Atlas of Living Australia added its 30 millionth species occurrence record last week, making it the largest collection of rich information on Australia's plants, animals and fungi.