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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    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
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    This study reports that extracellular vesicles produced by Candida albicans biofilm cells have a crucial role in the production of the extracellular matrix and biofilm drug resistance.

    • Andrea Du Toit
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    Bacteria use sophisticated translocation systems to manipulate or kill host cells and competing bacteria. A new study shows that bacteria also deliver anti-fungal effectors.

    • Sascha Brunke
    •  & Bernhard Hube
    Nature Microbiology 3, 860-861
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    This study reports that the mitogen-activated protein kinase pathway controls plant tissue invasion by Magnaporthe oryzae through the control of hyphal constriction and the expression of effectors to suppress plant immunity.

    • Andrea Du Toit