This episode: Bringing a fungus that makes zombie flies into the lab makes a good model for studying microbial mind-control!
This episode: Figuring out the best way to study the spread of a fungus that kills an invasive tree-eating caterpillar pest!
This episode: Figuring out how mushrooms launch their spores out using a trick of water surface tension!
Happy New Year! This episode: Fungal endophytes transferred from healthy adult plant leaf litter help baby cacao plants resist disease!
This episode: Fungi modified to produce spider and scorpion toxins kill malaria-transmitting mosquitoes extra fast!
This episode: Filament network-forming organisms like fungi can transfer nutrients and moisture to bacteria in harsher conditions!
This episode: Scientists study how fungi make interesting peptides using large proteins instead of ribosomes.
This episode: Fungi living in plants could protect them from ants that cut up their leaves to feed their own fungal gardens!
This episode: A stable community of only 7 bacteria around corn roots take on similar functions to the much more diverse soil community!
This episode: Filament-forming organisms help bacteria swim through soil and exchange genes with each other! Also, new feature: microbe of the episode!