Fungi articles from across Nature Portfolio

Fungi are organisms that are grouped in a distinct kingdom within the eukaryotes. This kingdom includes diverse organisms ranging from microorganisms such as yeasts or moulds to large multicellular mushrooms.

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  • News & Views |

    We present evidence that lignin, a recalcitrant and partially aromatic polymer found in plant cell walls, can be modified by anaerobic microorganisms. This finding overturns a long-standing paradigm that all biological processes of lignin degradation require oxygen and motivates further exploration of understudied biology to inform biotechnological innovation.

    Nature Microbiology 8, 567-568
  • Comments & Opinion |

    Winter brings a spike in mortality rates, but rather than simply having more parties to divert our attention, Bruce Gibb suggests that perhaps we should be looking to the misunderstood mushroom to give us a boost.

    • Bruce C. Gibb
    Nature Chemistry 15, 155-157
  • Comments & Opinion |

    Invasive fungal diseases are on the increase globally. The World Health Organization fungal priority pathogens list highlights fungi of critical or high importance to human health and provides pathways for action. The report calls for improved surveillance (diagnostics and antifungal resistance monitoring), research and innovation (implementation research) and public-health interventions.

    • Matthew C. Fisher
    •  & David W. Denning
  • Research Highlights |

    This study reports that mycobiota-derived metabolites can feed pathogenic Salmonella enterica subsp. enterica serovar Typhimurium and promote its competitive advantage, thus revealing a role of the fungal community during bacterial infection.

    • Andrea Du Toit