Treading into a gray area along the spectrum of wood decay fungi
One of the most basic rules for playing the game "Twenty Questions" is that all of the questions must be definitively answered by either "yes" or "no." The exchange of information allows the players to correctly ...
Study finds fungi, not plant matter, responsible for most carbon sequestration in northern forests
Researchers discover wasp larva disinfect their food before eating
Researchers find evidence of photosynthesis-like process in aphids
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 ...
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 ...
Last universal common ancestor more complex than previously thought
Scientists call it LUCA, the Last Universal Common Ancestor, but they don't know much about this great-grandparent of all living things. Many believe LUCA was little more than a crude assemblage of molecular parts, a chemical ...
Researchers advance next generation biofuels by turning up the heat on biomass pretreatment processes
The nation's Renewable Fuels Standard calls for annual production of 36 billion gallons of biofuel by 2022. One of the biggest hurdles to achieving this goal lies in optimizing the multistep process involved ...
Hidden soil fungus, now revealed, is in a class all its own
A type of fungus that's been lurking underground for millions of years, previously known to science only through its DNA, has been cultured, photographed, named and assigned a place on the tree of life.
Mushroom lights up the night in Brazil: Researcher finds bioluminescent fungus not seen since 1840
In 1840, renowned English botanist George Gardner reported a strange sight from the streets of Vila de Natividade in Brazil: A group of boys playing with a glowing object that turned out to be a luminescent ...
New parasitic fungi found that turn ants into zombies
How yeast formations got started
Researchers conducted a comparative analysis of nearly 60 fungal genomes to determine the genetic traits that enabled the convergent evolution of yeasts.
Biologists help solve fungi mysteries
(Phys.org) —A new genetic analysis revealing the previously unknown biodiversity and distribution of thousands of fungi in North America might also reveal a previously underappreciated contributor to climate ...
Fungi, often seen as pests, play a crucial role policing biodiversity in rainforests
A new study has revealed that fungi, often seen as pests, play a crucial role policing biodiversity in rainforests.