Email
Password
Remember meForgot password?
    Log in with Twitter

Fungus News

New study: UV light may save bats from deadly fungus

White-nose syndrome is a disease caused by a fungus that infects bat populations in the U.S. and Canada while they hibernate during the winter. However, new studies suggest the fungus may have an "Achilles' heel" - UV light.

Pharmacy owner gets 9 year prison term for meningitis infection

Boston - The co-owner of a pharmacy, deemed by U.S. courts to be responsible for the deaths of 76 people in a meningitis contamination scandal, has apologized to the families of the victims. Barry Cadden has been sentenced to nine years in prison.

Wine going off? Blame the wasps

Sour rot disease, a scourge of wine industry and there is likely to be more than one vector. A new problem with transmission of the rot has come to light: a small wasp called the paper wasp.

World's oldest fungus discovered

Fungi, or microorganisms resembling fungi, date back over 2.4 billion years according to new fossil evidence. Samples have been discovered from rocks that were once underneath the sea floor.

Salamanders in Europe set to be wiped out by fungus

Scientists have called for urgent action to be taken to protect wild salamanders in Europe from a deadly fungal infection.

Top dermatological advice for tackling toenail fungus

Fungal nail infections are rarely painful but they are unsightly. There are different ways to avoid getting a fungal infection but these vary in their effectiveness. For the best advice we’ve spoken to a leading dermatologist.

Probing insight into antimicrobial resistant fungus

A major systematic review of the pathogenic fungus Candida auris has been conducted. This yeast-like fungus has been found in hospitals and it is resistant to several classes of antimicrobial drugs. This poses serious risks for those infected.

Virus helps to track white nose syndrome in bats

A newly discovered virus, that infects the fungus that causes white-nose syndrome in bats, could provide the means to track the spread of the disease. The fungus is killing huge numbers of bat populations in the U.S and Canada.

Helping tomato plants battle parasitic disease

Tomato plants become more resistant against nematode worms when colonized by a fungus. A new study shows how the fungus can help the plants to challenge parasitic infections.

Deadly crop killing fungus reaches Asia

A fungus that causes considerable damage to crops has reached Asia. Microbiologists are attempting to determine the origin of the recent Bangladesh outbreak, through the use of a digital platform.

Some ash trees could resist deadly fungal disease

Norwich - Some good news for the fight to protect Europe’s ash trees from the disease ash dieback. Several trees have been found to carry a genetic resistance to the pathogen and this may offer hope for protecting future tree populations.

A fungus that causes frosty pod rot in cacao trees clones itself

The fungus that causes frosty pod rot in cacao trees, the source of chocolate, reproduces by cloning say researchers at Purdue University.

Tracking down the extent of fungal diversity

Fungi are part of their own biological kingdom, yet little is known about the extent and diversity of the eukaryotic organisms. Experts think there are millions of undescribed fungi, found in different locations around the world.

The dangers of human fungal diseases

Fungal diseases are ever-present and millions of people around the world are at risk from different types of fungi. Yet research into fungal disease and preventative measures receives lower funding, according to a new report.

Bats mount partial response against white nose syndrome

White-nose syndrome is a devastating infection of bats in North America, striking bats while they are hibernating in caves. As a sign of better news, some bats appear to be developing an immune response.

Tackling wheat rust in Texas

Austin - Wheat is one of the most common grains in the world. The plant is, however, vulnerable to attack from a fungus that causes "rust." A new type of crop has been bred that is resistant to the disease.

Snake fungus causing havoc in North America

Washington - Snakes in North America are under threat from a fungus similar to the "white nose" disease that has been affecting bat populations. New research draws parallels between the two diseases.

Understanding how white-nose syndrome kills bats

Researchers have uncovered the way that white-nose syndrome breaks down tissue in bats. This finding could lead to a treatment for a disease that has killed more than six million bats across North America.

Poplar trees hit by potent fungus

Microbiologists have discovered the cause of a deadly tree fungus and have traced this to the fungus possessing additional genes.

Mold risk with oat based breakfast cereals

Scientists have warned that oats and oat products, like breakfast cereals, require closer monitoring for fungal toxins. This comes from a review of U.S. oat products, some of which contain a mold-related toxin called ochratoxin A.

Dermatologist's tips for dealing with dandruff Special

Dandruff can be an annoying problem in terms of white specks on clothes. It can also irritate the scalp. Digital Journal spoke with a leading dermatologist to find out how to treat the condition.

New understanding about how white-nose syndrome kills bats

Madison - Researchers have developed an explanation of how white-nose syndrome kills bats. The fungal infection has been devastating bat populations across in North America.

Deadly bat disease follows seasonal patterns

The infectious fungal disease of bats called white-nose syndrome appears linked, in part, to the seasonal dynamics of infection and transmission. This is based on a new study.

New antibiotic found in horse dung fungus

Researchers have isolated a new substance from a fungus that kills bacteria. The substance, known as copsin, has the same effect as traditional antibiotics. The substance was found in the common inky cap mushroom that grows on horse dung.

Fungus that is deadly to AIDS patients found to live in trees

Los Angeles - It may be small, but for people with AIDS it can be deadly. Researchers have narrowed down the source of fungal infections that have been making people with HIV/AIDS in southern California sick for decades.

Dandruff fungus found in deep-sea vents

A ubiquitous skin fungus linked to dandruff, eczema and other itchy, flaky maladies in humans has now been tracked to Hawaiian coral reefs and the extreme environments of arctic soils and deep sea vents.

Schoolgirl scientist identifies source of deadly fungus

Scientists have located the environmental source of fungal infections that have been sickening HIV patients in Southern California. The discovery is based on the science project of a 13-year-old girl, who spent the summer gathering soil and tree samples.

Secrets of the 'zombie' ant fungus

The parasitic fungus that kills its ant hosts outside their nest in order to reproduce and transmit the infection, manipulates its victims to die in the vicinity of the colony, ensuring a constant supply of potential new hosts.

Tackling frog-killing fungus

Scientists have found that repeated exposure to a harmful fungus can help a proportion of frogs ward off infection. Through this, many frogs have been shown to self-clear infections.

Number of different types of lichen revealed

A large lichen found in tropical montane forests, long believed to be one species, has turned out to be 126 different types of fungus.
  1 2 3 Next»

Set up a news alert for

Fungus


Fungus Image

Ganoderma lucidum  an oriental fungus  has a long history of use for promoting health and longevity ...
Ganoderma lucidum, an oriental fungus, has a long history of use for promoting health and longevity in China, Japan, and other Asian countries.
James Lindsey
An example of the Hydnum genus of mushroom
An example of the Hydnum genus of mushroom
Heino Lepp
Ophidiomyces ophiodiicola from Hoplocephalus bungaroides  the broad-headed snake. It is a venomous s...
Ophidiomyces ophiodiicola from Hoplocephalus bungaroides, the broad-headed snake. It is a venomous snake that is restricted to the Sydney Basin in NSW, Australia. (09/01/2010)
Sigler L, Gibas C
Bioluminescent fungi emit a greenish light at a wavelength of 520–530 nm. The light emission is co...
Bioluminescent fungi emit a greenish light at a wavelength of 520–530 nm. The light emission is continuous and occurs only in living cells.
Ylem
Aspergillus fumigatus is a fungus of the genus Aspergillus  and is one of the most common Aspergillu...
Aspergillus fumigatus is a fungus of the genus Aspergillus, and is one of the most common Aspergillus species to cause disease in individuals with an immunodeficiency.
US Department of Health and Human Services
The rough-skinned newt (Taricha granulosa) is very susceptible to the deadly fungus.
The rough-skinned newt (Taricha granulosa) is very susceptible to the deadly fungus.
Wikimedia commons USGS
A photograph of a coffee leaf infected by Hemileia vastatrix - coffee leaf rust.
A photograph of a coffee leaf infected by Hemileia vastatrix - coffee leaf rust.
Smartse
Desert truffle (Terfezia spp.) of Avanos  Turkey
Desert truffle (Terfezia spp.) of Avanos, Turkey
katpatuka
Close up of a fungus
Close up of a fungus
Penicillium mold on mandarin oranges
Penicillium mold on mandarin oranges
Bios
This photomicrograph depicts Cryptococcus
This photomicrograph depicts Cryptococcus
Dr. Leanor Haley
This patient presented with ringworm on the arm  or tinea corporis due to Trichophyton mentagrophyte...
This patient presented with ringworm on the arm, or tinea corporis due to Trichophyton mentagrophytes. The genus Trichophyton inhabits the soil, humans or animals, and is one of the leading causes of hair, skin and nail infections, or dermatophytosis in humans.
CDC/Dr. Lucille K. Georg
Cryptococcus gattii growing in a petri dish.
Cryptococcus gattii growing in a petri dish.
By Djspring (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia
Armillaria mellea Honey fungus in a French wood near Rambouillet on 31st October 2004.
Armillaria mellea Honey fungus in a French wood near Rambouillet on 31st October 2004.
Strobilomyces