New parasitic fungi found that turn ants into zombies
Ants die alone, protecting their nest mates from infection
Why slimy cheats don't win
Darwin's evolutionary theory predicts survival of the fittest. So why do different survival tactics co-exist, if evolution should always favour the winning strategy?
Survivors of Joplin tornado develop rare infection
(AP) -- In the aftermath of the Joplin tornado, some people injured in the storm developed a rare and sometimes fatal fungal infection so aggressive that it turned their tissue black and caused mold to grow ...
Amoebas farm bacteria and carry guards to protect their crops in the wild
Model organisms, brought into labs because they are easy to work with, adapt to the lab, often shedding characteristics that allowed them to survive in the wild. Scientists who work with model organisms rarely ...
Microbes survive a year and a half in space
How sperm and eggs develop precisely 23 chromosomes each
Researchers at the University of California, Davis have discovered a key tool that helps sperm and eggs develop exactly 23 chromosomes each. The work, which could lead to insights into fertility, spontaneous ...
Take a Petri dish containing crude petroleum and it will release a strong odor distinctive of the toxins that make up the fossil fuel. Sprinkle mushroom spores over the Petri dish and let it sit for two weeks ...
Mosses use 'mushroom clouds' to spread spores (w/ Video)
Horsetail spores found able to 'walk' and 'jump' (w/ Video)
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 ...
Killer mushrooms! Researcher guides work into deadly mushroom often confused with edible ones
(PhysOrg.com) -- It is thought to have been responsible for the deaths of emperors. In parts of California’s forests, it is everywhere.
Killer silk: Making silk fibers that kill anthrax and other microbes in minutes
A simple, inexpensive dip-and-dry treatment can convert ordinary silk into a fabric that kills disease-causing bacteria even the armor-coated spores of microbes like anthrax in minutes, scientists ...
A feline fungus joins the new species list
(Phys.org) —A new species of fungus that causes life-threatening infections in humans and cats has been discovered by a University of Sydney researcher.