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Mycology

How soil fungi respond to wildfire

Credit: Gabriella Selva In the wake of the 2017 North Bay fires, the golden hills of Santa Rosa, California, were unrecognizable. Smoky, seared and buried under ash, the landscape appeared desolate, save for some ghostly, blackened…

Ancient alliance

Symbiotic relationship between California oaks and mutualist fungi appears to provide a buffer for climate change "Happy families are all alike; each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way." So goes the first line of Leo Tolstoy's "Anna…

The Darwinian diet: you are what you eat

Lessons in evolution from agricultural ants in panama Imagine millions of leafcutter ants on parade through a tropical forest. Driven by a craving mysterious to humans, they suddenly stream up a towering tree trunk. How do they know exactly…