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‘The Last of Us’ zombie fungus is real, and it’s found in health supplements

Yes, #cordyceps do exist. But unlike in the movie, cordyceps will not turn you into a zombie. Article describes what you should know about The Last of Us #TheLastOfUsHBO & its depiction of the zombie #fungus. #mycology #fungi The zombie apocalypse depicted in the popular video game series and newly adapted HBO series “The Last of Us” derives from a mutation to a type of fungus called cordyceps. Surprise! Cordyceps is real, and some 600 variations of it can be found around the

Dirt Can Modulate the Pathology in Alzheimer’s Disease

Verrucarin A, a secondary metabolite produced by the #fungus Myrothecium spp, reduced the amounts of amyloid-beta in reprogrammed cortical neurons. #mycology #Alzheimers #Alzheimer #dementia Eating well, exercising regularly, and having a satisfying social life are all crucial to staying healthy. Sometimes, however, it can be the tiniest things that make the biggest difference. In this case, those tiny things are microorganisms, such as bacteria and fungi. The metabolites the

Aspergillus flavus occurrence and aflatoxin B1 contamination associated with peanut

#microbiology #mycology #Aspergillus #microbiota #environment #agriculture #fungi #food #soil Aflatoxin B1 is a strong carcinogenic and toxic fungal toxin produced by Aspergillus flavus and other Aspergillus species, and can seriously threaten the health of consumers and the safety and quality of agricultural products. Aspergillus in agricultural products are closely related to topography and symbiotic microbes. It is not fully clear that how topography affects the assembly p

Special Issue Call for Papers: Advances in Microbial Pathogenesis

#microbiology #pathogenesis #immunology #immunity #bacteria #virus #virology #mycology #infectiousdisease #genetics #microbiota The editors of Microbial Pathogenesis (YMPAT), Current Research in Microbial Sciences (CRMICR) and Current Research in Immunology (CRIMMU) are joining to organize a special collection called Advances in Microbial Pathogenesis and Host Immunity. How to efficiently combat infectious agents, including bacteria, fungi, viruses and protozoa is now more im

Fungal-mediated microbial electrochemical system: development, application and challenges

#mycology #microbiology #biofuel #wastewater Microbial fuel cell (MFC) that generates bioelectricity from biodegradable waste receives significant interest to biologists. Fungi plays a significant role as both anodic and cathodic catalysts in MFCs. Saccharomyces cerevisiae is a fungus species with characteristics for the transfer of electrons through mediators such as methylene blue (MB), neutral red (NR) or without a mediator. Significant performance of fungal cells in exoce

Deadly Fungi Are the Newest Emerging Microbe Threat All Over the World

#mycology Pathogens like #Candida auris & #Aspergillus already kill 1.6 million people every year, and we have few defenses against them. We are likely to think of fungi, if we think of them at all, as minor nuisances: mold on cheese, mildew on shoes shoved to the back of the closet, mushrooms springing up in the garden after hard rains. We notice them, and then we scrape them off or dust them away, never perceiving that we are engaging with the fragile fringes of a web that

Scientists find two new species of fungi that turn flies into 'zombies'

#mycology #microbiology Two new fungi species that infect flies and eject spores out of a large hole in the insect’s abdomen “like small rockets” have been discovered in Denmark. The new species, Strongwellsea tigrinae and Strongwellsea acerosa, are host-specific and rely on two species of Danish fly – Coenosia tigrina and Coenosia testacea, according to researchers. While most fungi spore once the host is dead, with strongwellsea, the host continues to live for days, carryin

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