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 […]

    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 […]

    Remarkably diverse flora in Utah, USA, trains scientists for future missions on Mars

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  • June 9, 2016
  • Future Martian explorers might not need to leave the Earth to prepare themselves for life on the Red Planet. The Mars Society have built an analogue research site in Utah, USA, which simulates the conditions on our neighbouring planet. Practicing the methods needed to collect biological samples while wearing spacesuits, a team of Canadian scientists […]

    From a bulletin to a modern open access journal: Italian Botanist in Pensoft’s portfolio

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  • May 12, 2016
  • Established in the distant 1888, the Italian Botanical Society has gone a long way towards publishing its achievements and research. Originated as a bulletin within an Italian journal, they have been growing ever since to now form a new international journal in its own right. Covering both Italian and international research in botany and mycology, […]

    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 […]