New species of fungus sticking out of beetles named after the COVID-19 quarantine

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  • August 3, 2020
  • A major comprehensive study on Herpomycetales and Laboulbeniales, two orders of unique ectoparasitic fungi associated with insects and other arthropods (class Laboulbeniomycetes) in Belgium and the Netherlands was published in the open-access, peer-reviewed scholarly journal MycoKeys.

    New pathogen threatens fennel yield in Italy

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  • March 31, 2020
  • Symptoms caused by Ochraceocephala foeniculi on fennel plants

    A new fungal genus and species Ochraceocephala foeniculi causes fennel yield losses of about 20-30% for three different cultivars. It damages the crops with necrotic lesions on the crown, root and stem.
    International research group makes the first step in handling the new fennel disease by publishing their paper in the open-access journal Mycokeys.

    New family of fungi threatens a UNESCO-listed 8-century-old cathedral in Portugal

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  • January 28, 2019
  • To be listed as UNESCO World Heritage requires special care and protection of valuable cultural monuments and pieces of Art from threats such as biodeterioration caused by microcolonial black fungi. The culprits lodge their branch-like structures (hyphae) deep into the stone forming fissures and cracks and also produce polysaccharides that trigger corrosion. These fungi are well known […]

    New fungus found to cause cankers and declines in pistachio trees in Sicily, Italy

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  • September 19, 2018
  • Starting in the spring of 2010, farmers from Sicily – the major pistachio production area of Italy – have been reporting a previously unknown disease on the trees. Characterised by cankers and declines, it sometimes leads to the collapse of the entire plant. When the research team led by Salvatore Vitale, Centro di Ricerca Difesa e […]

    The Alps are home to more than 3,000 lichens

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  • March 12, 2018
  • Historically, the Alps have always played an emblematic role, being one of the largest continuous natural areas in Europe. With its numerous habitats, the mountain system is easily one of the richest biodiversity hotspots in Europe. Lichens are curious organisms comprising a stable symbiosis between a fungus and one or more photosynthetic organisms, for example […]

    Underwater mushrooms: Curious lake fungi under every turned over stone

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  • October 31, 2016
  • While fungi are well known for being essential in cycling carbon and nutrients, there are only about 100,000 described species in contrast to the 1.5 to 3 millions, assumed to exist on Earth. Of these, barely 3000 fungi belong to aquatic habitats. In fact, freshwater fungi have been researched so little, it is only now […]

    Top 50 most wanted fungi: New search function zooms in on the dark fungal diversity

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  • March 21, 2016
  • There are many millions of undescribed fungi, and public DNA sequence databases contain thousands of fungal sequences that cannot be assigned to any known fungal group with confidence. Many of these sequences have defied robust taxonomic assignment for more than 10 years. Frustrated at this situation, an international group of researchers presents a search functionin […]