Fungi

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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  • 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
  • Editorial |

    In the Gospel According to Matthew Chapter seven, Verse five, Jesus says “first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother’s eye”. We should remember this entreaty before too casually casting accusations of ‘plant blindness’.

    Nature Plants 6, 1067
  • Research Highlights |

    A recent study investigated bacterial–fungal symbioses and found that fungal responses to bacteria differed depending on whether the relationship was mutualistic or antagonistic.

    • Ashley York
  • Research Highlights |

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

    • Andrea Du Toit
  • Research Highlights |

    This study reports that extensive copy number variations occur in the presence of azole antifungal drugs in Candida albicans, which might cause phenotypic and population-level heterogeneity observed in clinical isolates.

    • Andrea Du Toit