Reddish shelf fungi growing on a log
This Fungus Has More Than 17,000 Sexes
Advances in sequencing technologies have finally allowed researchers to zero in on the genetic diversity underlying the incredible mating system of shelf fungi.
This Fungus Has More Than 17,000 Sexes
This Fungus Has More Than 17,000 Sexes

Advances in sequencing technologies have finally allowed researchers to zero in on the genetic diversity underlying the incredible mating system of shelf fungi.

Advances in sequencing technologies have finally allowed researchers to zero in on the genetic diversity underlying the incredible mating system of shelf fungi.

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mycology
Mushrooms in the forest next to a tree trunk covered in moss.
Can Mushrooms “Talk” to Each Other?
Natalia Mesa | Apr 6, 2022
Forest floor-dwelling fungi can send one another electrical signals to form word-like clusters, according to a computer scientist, but whether that represents something akin to language isn’t clear.
Image of the Day: Fungal Feature Tracker
Emily Makowski | Nov 5, 2019
New software can analyze fungi’s growth over time.
Sick Mold
Beth Marie Mole | May 1, 2013
A virus that infects a crop-killing fungus can spread freely, opening the possibility of its use as a fungicide.
Food's Afterlife
Edyta Zielinska | May 25, 2012
Meals left to mold develop colors, mycelia, and beads of digested juices, sparking the eye of an artist, and the slight concern of a mycologist.