Poisonous mushrooms put 'Horse Whisperer' author in hospital

Nicholas Evans, the author of The Horse Whisperer, is in hospital in Aberdeen after eating a rare species of poisonous mushroom while on holiday with his wife in the Highlands.

Spread of killer fungus threatens British trees

An aggressive new fungus-like plant disease spreading across Britain could destroy millions of garden shrubs, including historic ornamental plants, and transform the rural landscape.

Johann Hari: Why bananas are a parable for our times

Below the headlines about rocketing food prices and rocking governments, there lays a largely unnoticed fact: bananas are dying. The foodstuff, more heavily consumed even than rice or potatoes, has its own form of cancer. It is a fungus called Panama Disease, and it turns bananas brick-red and inedible.

The Roadkill Chef: First, catch your squirrel

Fergus Drennan is a professional forager best known for his BBC programme, The Roadkill Chef. From April, he plans to live entirely on wild food for a whole year

Saving Anne Frank's chestnut: tree of hope or diseased threat?

For Anne Frank, the majestic chestnut tree she gazed on from the attic window was a source of comfort as she hid from the Nazis. For today's visitors to the elegant Amsterdam terrace house, it cuts a rather more forlorn figure.

Shroom: A cultural history of the magic mushroom by Andy Letcher

So that's why Santa Claus looks so happy

When mushrooms go wild

The apparently sedentary life of forest-floor fungi is not what it seems, says Simon Hadlington - there are countless battles raging underfoot

Magic mushrooms are forced underground by tough new penalties

Magic mushrooms are to be outlawed, with tough penalties for supplying or possessing the hallucinogenic fungi, under laws proposed by the Home Office yesterday.

A Gallic version of Noël Coward

Science finds fungus that causes dandruff

The secret of what causes dandruff has finally been solved. And the blame can be laid at the door of two strains of fungus that grow on every scalp. Their waste products irritate the skin of sufferers, causing it to flake off prematurely.

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Expert on wood-attacking fungi who defined 'soft rot'
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