Australia's first bioherbicide approaching release
A simple one-dose pill could help end the scourge of woody weeds that are choking Australia's waterways, smothering native vegetation and robbing our farmers of agricultural land.
Researchers feed pigs, chickens high-protein fungus grown on ethanol leftovers
Initial studies show a fungus grown in the leftovers of ethanol production could be a good energy feed for pigs and chickens.
Contaminant transport in the fungal pipeline
Leipzig. Fungi are found throughout the soil with giant braiding of fine threads. However, these networks have surprising functions. Only a few years ago researchers from the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental ...
What we know and don't know about Earth's missing biodiversity
Most of the world's species are still unknown to science although many researchers grappled to address the question of how many species there are on Earth over the recent decades. Estimates of non-microbial diversity on Earth ...
Single-cell parasites co-opt 'ready-made' genes from host: study
Two species of single-cell parasites have co-opted "ready-made" genes from their hosts that in turn help them exploit their hosts, according to a new study by University of British Columbia and University of Ottawa researchers.
Rising carbon dioxide in atmosphere also speeds carbon loss from forest soils: study
Elevated levels of atmospheric carbon dioxide accelerate carbon cycling and soil carbon loss in forests, new research led by an Indiana University biologist has found.
Study on fungi helps explain coal formation and may advance future biofuels production
A new study--which includes the first large-scale comparison of fungi that cause rot decay--suggests that the evolution of a type of fungi known as white rot may have brought an end to a 60-million-year-long ...
Researchers find some plants get their nitrogen from fungi that kill insects
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 ...