Ever wondered what it’s like to be a fungus? Now’s your chance to find out!
This game lets you play your way through the adventurous life of a very special type of fungus: a mycorrhizal fungus. Mycorrhizal fungi form partnerships with plants, supplying them with nutrients and receiving sugars and fats in return. There are many challenges involved, from finding a plant partner to collecting nutrients from the soil. Can you complete them all?
The fungus Trichoderma afroharzianum T22 is used as agricultural fertiliser across the world and its effectiveness for increasing crop yields is well understood. However there have not yet been any detailed studies of how the fungus might affect the natural balance of soil microbes.
In the ALIENinSoil project, Dr Flavia Pinzari and the research team at the Natural History Museum is using a DNA sequencing method to understand the impact of the fungus.
Beginning with a lecture by Claudia Havranek, Scientific Data Manager in UK Polar Data Centre, this film features interviews with Mari Whitelaw from the BAS Herbarium, Alysa Hulbert from BAS Archives and BAS Ecologist Kevin Newsham.
For other applications of fungal science and research, see
A podcast series exploring topical issues relating to medical mycology and the wider world of fungi with researchers and special invited guests - produced by the MRC Centre for Medical Mycology, University of Exeter.
What role might fungi play in the climate crisis?
Cystic fibrosis and the fungus Aspergillus - researching fungal infections in children.
Did microscopic fungi have a role the downfall of the dinosaurs.
Find these podcasts, as well as talks on medical mycology research and other activities, here...
Useful Plants and Fungi of Colombia
UPFC is a science project of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, partnering with the Humboldt Institute, Colombia, to understand Colombia’s useful plants and fungi. The project aims to help improve people’s livelihoods, reducing inequality and gender gap by boosting Colombia's bioeconomy through the sustainable use of its biodiversity.
If you're interested in hearing more about this project, join our BMS Talk, 7:30pm Wednesday 13th October, online. Book your free ticket here
Emerging fungal infections
We share our planet with millions of different types of fungi, which perform numerous functions that make our planet habitable. However, some fungi are wiping out susceptible amphibians and bats, and others are having a devastating effect on crops thus threatening world food security. In this talk, Prof Jan Quinn (BMS President) gives an overview of how we can tackle emerging fungal infections. (BMS Talks, February 2021)