Tag Archives: Mycology

From the dandruffome to deep sea vents

Coming soon to a scalp near you: the dandruffome. Continue reading

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Briefing: banana disease

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Farmer Fungus

Humans are far from the first species to invent agriculture. Continue reading

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Fungal killers. Or not.

The distance between commensalism and pathogenesis in fungi is surprisingly small. Continue reading

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Pathogenesis of fungal infections

A couple of recent articles about fungal infection. Continue reading

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Zinc Exploitation by Pathogenic Fungi

The ability of pathogenic microorganisms to assimilate nutrients from their host environment is one of the most fundamental aspects of infection. Continue reading

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Pneumocystis Is Not a Zoonosis

Pneumocystis is an unusual fungus that is an opportunistic pathogen, causing an asymptomatic or mild infection in the normal host but pneumonia (PcP) in immunocompromised hosts. Untreated, the mortality rate from PcP approaches 100%. Even with treatment, mortality rates approach … Continue reading

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Antifungal Drug Discovery – Something Old and Something New

Invasive fungal infections are devastating. Despite state-of-the-art antifungal therapy, the mortality rates for invasive infections with the three most common species of human fungal pathogens are Candida albicans, 20%–40%; Aspergillus fumigatus, 50%–90%; and Cryptococcus neoformans, 20%–70%. Although invasive fungal infections … Continue reading

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Fungi and the Rise of Mammals

MicrobiologyBytes likes a good hypothesis – one that really makes you think, even if there’s not much actual data to support it. So here’s one for you: fungi ate the reptiles? “Here are two indisputable facts: we are living in … Continue reading

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