When you work with fungi, it’s hard to ignore just how prevalent they are in our lives. Bread, beer, cheese, wine, and even the “good” fungi that help our crops grow, show that our society couldn’t function without this kingdom of life. But what fungi giveth, fungi can also taketh away. In fact, fungi are the #1 cause of plant diseases throughout the world. These fungal plant diseases can have major impacts on society.
Although they are both interesting and important, I am not going to talk about fungal plant diseases today. Fungi can also have major, negative impacts on wildlife populations. In fact, because of fungi, we have seen some of the largest wildlife die-offs ever recorded. I want to introduce you to a few of them here:
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