Mycotoxin protects against nematodes
Researchers at ETH Zurich have isolated a protein from a fungus of the spruce which combats nematodes. The scientists hope that toxins of this kind will become the basis for the vaccination of livestock or ...
Marriage of convenience with a fungus
Thanks to a fungus, the medicinal plant ribwort plantain gains a higher concentration of the defensive compound catalpol. Biologists at Bielefeld University report this discovery in a study to be published ...
Symbiosis: enforced surrender?
Scientists from INRA and Lorraine University in France unraveled a key mechanism in the symbiosis between fungi and trees. During this mutually beneficial interaction, the fungus takes control of its host ...
Coffee fungus raising prices for high-end blends
The U.S. government is stepping up efforts to help Central American farmers fight a devastating coffee disease—and hold down the price for a cup of coffee.
Research shows how plant welfare is improved by fungi in soil
A University of York biologist is part of an international team of scientists that has discovered how plants use fungi to help them to gather vital nutrients from the soil.
Sample of a frog's slimy skin predicts susceptibility to disease
A simple sample of the protective mucus layer that coats a frog's skin can now be analyzed to determine how susceptible the frog is to disease, thanks to a technique developed by a researcher at the University of Colorado ...
Volatile lactone of Hymenoscyphus pseudoalbidus inhibits germination of ash seeds
The leaves wilt, the crown dies off, the bark exhibits lesions, the wood becomes discolored – the ash forests of Europe are under threat. The perpetrator is an Asian fungus, and its progress is unstoppable. ...
Breakthrough in hybrid species science
(Phys.org) —Massey University scientists have discovered a universal law that explains how hybrid species survive and thrive.
Meet the enemy of killer fungus that turns ants into zombies
One of most famous fungi in the world is the "zombie ant fungus". It takes over the mind of an ant, causing it to climb up a branch and cling to the underside of a leaf before mummification. Once locked in pl ...
New invasive beetle-fungus complex discovered in Riverside and San Diego Counties
(Phys.org) —A recently discovered beetle-fungus complex that has been causing dieback and mortality to numerous agricultural and landscape ornamental trees in Los Angeles County has been detected in Riverside ...
The ash dieback fungus, Chalara fraxinea, might have a mechanism to define territory and to combat viruses, research sho
The fungus which causes Chalara dieback of ash trees has the potential to defend itself against virus attacks, research by British scientists has shown.
Fungus kills ticks
Ticks may be facing a dangerous fate. In the TICLESS project, Bioforsk, the Norwegian Institute for Agricultural and Environmental Research, is hoping to determine whether fungus can kill ticks in sheep pastures. ...
Fungus that's killing millions of bats 'isn't going away'
University of Illinois researchers say that an infectious and lethal cold-loving fungus that has killed an estimated 6 million bats in North America can persist indefinitely in caves whether there are bats in them or not.
Crafting a better enzyme cocktail to turn plants into fuel faster
Scientists looking to create a potent blend of enzymes to transform materials like corn stalks and wood chips into fuels have developed a test that should turbocharge their efforts.