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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.

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

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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

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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

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

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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

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