Fungi Could Be the Downfall of Humanity

Fungi Could Be the Downfall of Humanity

In recent years, a fungal infection called Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis (chytrid) has decimated amphibian populations around the world, with some scientists estimating that chytrid is responsible for population decline in over 500 amphibian species.One of Casadevall’s studies estimated that 95 percent of fungal species simply cannot survive at average human internal temperature.

A Vaccine Against Valley Fever Finally Works—for Dogs

A Vaccine Against Valley Fever Finally Works—for Dogs

An experimental vaccine that could protect millions of people living in the American Southwest from valley fever —an infection caused by a soil-dwelling fungus that is difficult to treat and can cause disability and death—has passed its first test of efficacy and is moving toward federal approval, possibly within two years.

Can Toads Heal Themselves of Deadly Chytrid Fungus?

Can Toads Heal Themselves of Deadly Chytrid Fungus?

Sitting in the Sun. Like most researchers, Barille, a University of Wyoming PhD student, started his project with a question: Why were boreal toad populations in the western portion of Wyoming persisting with chytrid but populations of the same species were crashing in other areas?

A Fungus Could Wipe Out the Banana Forever

A Fungus Could Wipe Out the Banana Forever

Now 99 percent of all exported bananas are Cavendish—with almost all of them grown in Latin America.“What we’re having is an almost apocalyptic scenario where we’ll probably lose Cavendish as well,” says Sarah Gurr, Exeter University’s chair in food security.

Now We Know How the Zombie Ant Gets Its Bite

Now We Know How the Zombie Ant Gets Its Bite

“What we found was that the muscle appears to be in a state of forcible contraction,” says molecular biologist Colleen Mangold, lead author on a new paper describing the findings in the Journal of Experimental Biology .A scanning electron microscope image of ant muscle covered in tubular fungal cells.

There’s a Plague in Our Oceans. Can Ecosystem Services Help?

There’s a Plague in Our Oceans. Can Ecosystem Services Help?

Those of us who study non-human diseases are worried that mass mortality caused by multi-host pathogens is becoming a common and recurrent event, threatening biodiversity in both terrestrial and marine environments.

The Fungi Decimating Amphibians Is Worse Than We Thought

The Fungi Decimating Amphibians Is Worse Than We Thought

Even if you’re one of the lucky amphibian species that can resist the chytrid fungi, you can still unwittingly exacerbate the scourge by transporting the pathogen around the environment for other species to pick up.