Raymond St. Leger describes his work on insect pathogenic fungi. Members of this diverse group of fungi can be found as part of the plant rhizosphere, where they provide nutrients to the plant, and can also be deployed as insect control agents. Raymond discusses his work with communities in Burkina Faso, where he works with officials to educate and gain consent for use of mosquito-killing fungi to control the spread of malaria.

Sunday, 03 September 2017 21:53

Fungus Foils Phytophagy - BacterioFiles 309

Fungi living in plants could protect them from ants that cut up their leaves to feed their own fungal gardens!

Published in Bacteriofiles

What you should know about the microbes you interact with on the beach: some are good, and some downright terrifying.

Published in Microbial Sciences

Fungus-eating flies transfer viruses that help make fungi less harmful to plants.

Published in Bacteriofiles
Thursday, 09 March 2017 17:46

The Public Goods Dilemma - TWiM 147

Why phosphorus is essential for fungal brain disease, and how bacteria kill local competitors to favor the evolution of public goods cooperation.

Published in TWiM
Thursday, 29 December 2016 13:01

A membrane-thickness caliper - TWiM 142

A story about the lack of resistance to a crop antifungal compound, and how a bacterium uses a molecular caliper to measure membrane thickness.

Published in TWiM
Friday, 16 December 2016 14:08

The Natural History of Cheese Mites

Some of the most delicious aged cheeses are the natural habitat of tiny arachnids that make a living foraging for fungi within the rind.

Published in Microbial Sciences

Fungi control their cell's growth and division with a protein from a virus, unlike all other kinds of eukaryote!

Published in Bacteriofiles

Fungi control their cell's growth and division with a protein from a virus, unlike all other kinds of eukaryote!

Published in ASM Podcasts

Some fungi change from making plants sick to being helpful to plants. How do plants react to them?

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