Monday, May 29, 2017

BacterioFiles 295 - Fly Ferries Fungus Feebleness

Lycoriella fly
By Kai Heller, CC BY 3.0
This episode: Fungus-eating flies transfer viruses that help make fungi less harmful to plants!

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Show notes:
Another example of viruses doing weird things in this fungus

Journal Paper:
Liu S, Xie J, Cheng J, Li B, Chen T, Fu Y, Li G, Wang M, Jin H, Wan H, Jiang D. 2016. Fungal DNA virus infects a mycophagous insect and utilizes it as a transmission vector. Proc Natl Acad Sci 113:12803–12808.

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