Fungal Frenzy

With fungal infections on the rise, researchers wonder if climate change is to blame. Science journalist Lindsey Konkel explores the links between human activity, environmental changes and fungal diseases.
 
Because fungi love moist, temperate climes, a warming world is likely helping them multiply, Konkel reports. Some are also adapting to hot temperatures they couldn’t tolerate before.
 
Serious fungal infections kill about 1.5 million people a year globally, and many are becoming drug resistant. Fungal diseases are a threat to the food supply too. They account for more than 2/3 of the world’s lost crops.
 
Source: Ensia

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