Dangerous varieties of fungus are responsible for some 1.5 million deaths a year, killing more people than TB or malaria. Yet there are no vaccines to protect people against fungal infections.
A deadly pathogen that causes skin lesions is threatening European salamander populations and is spreading to parts of Asia, the Netherlands, Belgium, and Germany. A recent study highlights new conservation methods employed to ensure the deadly pathogen doesn't spread to North America, a hotspot for salamander biodiversity.
The same fungus that caused beloved Gros Michel bananas to go extinct in the 1960s may soon wipe out Cavendish varieties, too.
Bioactive compounds found in the oregano and eucalyptus plant oils could eliminate fungi that grows on fruits and vegetables, keeping them fresh for longer periods and safer to eat.