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Mycology

Bizarre new species discovered… on Twitter

Credit: Derek Hennen While many of us use social media to be tickled silly by cat videos or wowed by delectable cakes, others use them to discover new species. Included in the latter group are researchers from the University of…

Microalgae food for honey bees

Credit: Vincent Ricigliano, ARS-USDA BATON ROUGE, LOUISIANA, May 11, 2020--A microscopic algae ("microalgae") could provide a complete and sustainably sourced supplemental diet to boost the robustness of managed honey bees,…

Spores, please!

Gypsy moth larvae love poplar leaves infected by fungiCredit: Franziska Eberl, Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology Black poplar leaves infected by fungi are especially susceptible to attack by gypsy moth caterpillars. A…

Impulse for research on fungi

Credit: (Picture: Ulrich Terpitz / University of Würzburg) Fungi play an important role for mankind. In the soil, they decompose dead organic material, making it accessible to plants as a nutrient. In industrial biotechnological…

Innovation for humanity

Chemical engineering professor Michelle O'Malley recognized for work in biological, medical fields For her innovative research and significant contributions to the biological engineering field, Michelle O'Malley, an associate professor in…

New pathogen threatens fennel yield in Italy

Credit: Dalia Aiello A new fennel fungal disease caused by a new genus and species - Ochraceocephala foeniculi, was observed for the first time in 2017 on 5% of the "Apollo" fennel cultivar grown in the sampled localities in…

The invisibility cloak of a fungus

Researchers find out that a fungal pathogen uses an enzyme to hide from the human immune system / Study in "PNAS"Credit: Martin Bonin While viruses and bacteria regularly manage to infect the human organism, fungi only very rarely…

Life in dead wood

Credit: (Photo: Elisa Stengel) Waldsterben 2.0 - this term has made the rounds in Germany. It refers to the death of various tree species as a result of the record summer of 2019 with heat, drought and bark beetle infestation.…