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Invisible, devastating and sustaining: Research explores mysterious microfungi

Parasitic microfungi, which live off host plants and animals, maintain balance in natural ecosystems. But in developed areas, they can quickly destroy crops and financially devastate communities. A team led by Purdue mycologist and Center affiliate Catherine Aime will venture to the tropics – where the vast majority of emerging crop diseases originate – and sites across the globe to discover and identify thousands of kinds of parasitic microfungi.