Beetle Farmers 2.0: A Super-symbiont Fungus Supports a Complex Beetle Society

By Jiri Hulcr and Matt Kasson Eating wood is really tough. Many insects are pretty good at chewing wood with their mandibles, but they can’t produce the right concoction of enzymes to digest the chains of cellulose and lignin. That’s what fungi are good at, and that’s why most wood on this planet is not […]

Research on Fungus-farming Beetles Reveals a New Wood-decaying Fungus

By Jiri Hulcr Who was the first farmer on Earth, over 60 million years ago? Which insect group includes the most invasive and deadly vectors of tree diseases? And which fungi have foregone sex and independence only to become a garden crop that smells like ripe fruit? Welcome to the diverse and bizarre world of […]