Britons wage war on opium crops

BRITISH SCIENTISTS are advising on a project to create a fungus which destroys opium poppies, as part of the worldwide war against the international heroin trade.

Frogs and toads croak as new fungus spreads

A FUNGUS previously unknown to science is killing frogs and toads throughout the world in a bizarre amphibian plague - and scientists fear that their own studies are passing it on.

Technoquest: The bald truth about fungi

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Property: Doctor on the house: Talking rot in any language

Don't be fooled - you can deal with anobium and serpula without chemicals - or a Latin dictionary, says Jeff Howell

Truffle wars

Two truffle-hunting dogs were killed by poison in central Italy at the weekend, bringing the total of dogs killed by strychnine since the season began in October to more than 30. The price of the edible fungus has recently soared to around 2.5m lire (pounds 900) per kilo, and police believe someone is seeking to put the opposition out of action.

Is it worth it?: Let them stew in their own juice

Carluccio's fresh chanterelle mushrooms go wild in the country for pounds 24 a kilogram

Treasure of the birch forest

This autumn, conditions are particularly good for mushrooms. Daniel Butler offers a guide to finding the tasty cep, or 'porcino'. Photograph: John Miller/GPL

Health: Air conditioning hazards highlighted

Air conditioning can cause asthma attacks, chest tightness and a runny nose in office workers, according to new research.

How to tell a blewit from a destroying angel

Wild about wild mushrooms but fearful of fungi? Rupert Isaacson on a course to guide you safely around nature's larder

A fungus flavour to slay for

The St George's est arrive! But without more rain, this may not be a good year for the strong and meaty wild mushroom.

Famine has its chips with suicidal potato

Potatoes could soon have an effective defence mechanism against the fungus which caused the Irish famine 150 years ago: self-destruction.

AGRICULTURE: Gastronomic great leap forward

Scientists have taken a giant leap for gastronomy by growing the highly prized golden chantrelle wild mushroom in a greenhouse. Until now, the fungus has defied all attempts at cultivation and can only be harvested from pine forests.

Girl, 10, finds `lost' fungus

A 10-year-old girl has become the toast of the mushroom world after unearthing a specimen thought to have vanished from Britain 70 years ago.

Rare puff ball back on Earth

A 10-year-old girl has amazed mushroom experts by finding a puff ball believed to be extinct in Britain for more than 70 years.

Twentieth-century foxes - and a hedgehog

Picking the last of the blackberries, high on the side of our hill, I looked out over the valley and wondered where summer had gone. So quickly did the season brew up and depart that the whole year seems to have been foreshortened.
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