Fungal biology

Fungal biology is the scientific discipline that concerns the biology of fungi, which include unicellular microorganisms as well as large multicellular organisms. Fungal biology is sometimes called mycology, a term that was coined by botanists when it was still assumed that fungi were plants.

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  • Research Highlights |

    This study provides insights into how a mycovirus decreases the pathogenicity of its fungal host and promotes plant defences, and how this can be translated into the development of a plant vaccine.

    • Andrea Du Toit
  • Research Highlights |

    This study shows that Aspergillus fumigatus develops spatial hypoxic microenvironments during biofilm maturation that contribute to antifungal drug resistance.

    • Andrea Du Toit
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    This study shows that the composition of the fungal cell wall is highly heterogeneous and leads to heterogeneous antifungal susceptibility.

    • Andrea Du Toit
  • News & Views |

    The vast majority of fungi reproduce sexually and use secreted pheromones to signal to each other. A study now shows that these signalling molecules in the fungal plant pathogen Fusarium oxysporum activate a density-dependent autocrine signal that controls asexual spore germination.

    • Sophie G. Martin
    Nature Microbiology 4, 1430-1431