Dead trees are alive with fungi
Jan 10, 2018
Little research has been conducted to date on fungi that live on dead trees, although they are vital to forest ecology, breaking down dead wood and completing the elemental cycle between plants and soil. Soil biologists from ...
How the dry rot Serpula lacrymans adapted to a new ecological habitat
Jan 09, 2018
By comparing genetic information from similar organisms, researchers have gained insights on why the dry rot (Serpula lacrymans) is so destructive in houses. A study involving six brown rot fungi reveals the genomic changes ...
Mobile genetic elements that alter the function of nearby genes
Dec 20, 2017
Raúl Castanera-Andrés, an engineer in the Agri-Food Engineering and Rural Environment Department of the NUP/UPNA-Public University of Navarre, has worked on detecting mobile genetic elements (transposons) in basidiomycete ...
How fungi helped create life as we know it
Dec 18, 2017
Today our world is visually dominated by animals and plants, but this world would not have been possible without fungi, say University of Leeds scientists.
The amazing diversity – and possible decline – of mushrooms and other fungi
Dec 14, 2017
"Whatever dressing one gives to mushrooms…they are not really good but to be sent back to the dungheap where they are born."
Fungus relies on bacteria to regulate key components of its reproductive machinery
Dec 14, 2017
To better understand how beneficial organisms (symbionts) are transmitted between host generations, researchers investigated the role of bacterial that lives within its host (endosymbionts) has on fungal host reproduction, ...
Breakthrough could help gardeners achieve seed sowing success
Dec 06, 2017
Researchers from Royal Holloway, University of London, and the University of Osnabrück in Germany have found that common fungi could hold the key to help so-called hard seeds germinate.
Belowground fungal interactions with trees help explain non-native plant invasions
Dec 01, 2017
New research published by a team of scientists from the USDA Forest Service and Purdue University suggests that tiny soil fungi that help and are helped by trees may influence a forest's vulnerability to invasion by non-native ...
Plants become more tolerant when living in symbiosis with fungi
Oct 04, 2017
By developing a symbiotic relationship with fungi, plants not only become more tolerant to diseases but can also help contribute to more sustainable agricultural practices. This is the conclusion of a new study from the University ...
Mold contamination in sea salts could potentially spoil food
Oct 03, 2017
Like fine wines, sea salts are artisanal products that inspire talk of terroir, texture and provenance. Now there's evidence that they can also be sources of spoilage molds.