Ants have been found to have the ability to change their diet to contain free radicals, such as hydrogen peroxide, to help fight infectious, and otherwise fatal, diseases. This is similar to humans' use of antibiotics.
It's very rare for a disease to boast a 100 percent mortality rate. Rabies, for instance, is considered the deadliest disease in the world and even it has seen a handful of exceptionally lucky survivors. However, in the case of a new fungal disease sweeping through North American snakes, experts are reporting only death and more death.
Honeybee decline worldwide continues to baffle scientists, and while invasive parasites have been blamed before, new research shows that a tiny single-celled parasite may have a greater-than expected impact on colonies by infecting larvae.
Popular legend has always portrayed silver as the "purifying metal," capable of fending off ghosts, and - most importantly - a bullet of the stuff can take down a werewolf. Now researchers are making myth into reality, using silver to battle a deadly fungus invasion that otherwise would never die.
White nose syndrome (WNS) has been a rampant problem for nearly a decade, resulting in a decline of many bat colonies in North America. Now researchers are surprised to learn that a bacteria that naturally grows on the skin of some bats could be a powerful weapon against the deadly fungus.
Don't panic yet, but Florida's local guacamole looks to be in trouble. The state's multimillion dollar avocado industry is being threatened by invasive beetles and their deadly fungus, and researchers believe that only a perfect team-up between dogs and drones can stop it.
A deadly fungus that has been ravaging amphibian populations across the world has somehow found its way to the isolated island of Madagascar, according to new surveys. And that's the stuff of nightmares for conservationists, as the island happens to boast countless frog species, 99 percent of which can be found nowhere else in the world.
You may think that people were the original psychedelic sojourners, 'tripping' on acid and mushrooms in a time of spirituality and rock n' roll. However, fossil evidence now indicates that dinosaurs could have been tripping too, albeit indivertibly, 100 million years ago.
Mushrooms look like peaceful things, minding their own business as they soak up valuable nutrients from the soil around them. However, a rare few kinds of mushrooms are secret killers, lacerating, poisoning, or even strangling hidden prey as they innocently stand around. Now researchers have determined that one of these silent assassins gets the job done with nanoscopic "cookie cutters."
White nose syndrome (WNS) has been a rampant problem in the United States for nearly a decade, resulting in a decline of many little brown bat colonies by a stunning 90 to 100 percent. However, exactly how this natural epidemic is killing these bats so efficiently remained a mystery, until now.
It's well past October, but it seems like the ghostly whitebark pine forests of Canada didn't get the memo. These stark white and skeletal trees are having a hard time recovering this winter, after being devastated by mountain pine beetles and infections of white pine blister rust. Now researchers are proposing that a friendly local fungus could get these forests in a more lively spirit for the holiday season.
Walnut trees and other related species suffering from a deadly fungal disease may not have hope of combating its lethal effects after all, as new research shows that the fungus is difficult to control due to its genetic diversity.
The walnut twig beetle was once nothing but a nuisance for black walnut trees across the western United States. Now, however, it appears that the beetle has gained a partner in crime - a mutated fungus that infects anywhere the beetles go. This has allowed the once-pests to "go rogue," now inflicting near-irreversible and sometimes fatal damage to these trees and trees like them.
Antimicrobial resistant (AMR) bacteria pose a very real threat to the world, one that a highly concerned World Health Organization has kept in its radar for years. Now a team of researchers has identified a new natural antibiotic in horse dung-dwelling fungus, offering up secrets that might help us avoid or at least understand an encroaching AMR world crisis.
Salamanders throughout Europe are getting sick from a deadly fungal disease, and it threatens to spread to the United States through the pet trade unless international efforts are taken to stop it in its tracks, scientists reported Thursday in the journal Science.