fungus

Morgan Gorris / University of California, Irvine

Researchers say the fungus behind a disease called Valley fever may spread in the Mountain West as rain and temperature patterns change.

There’s a fungus wiping out a special kind of toad that lives in the Rocky Mountains, but scientists may have a solution: a probiotic skin soak.

The boreal toad is a tough little animal, with a lifespan longer than a decade, about half of which is spent buried underneath a thick layer of snow high up in the mountains.

“They’re really impressive little guys,” says Tim Korpeta, a graduate student in biology at the University of Colorado Boulder who has recently embodied another title: toad-bather.

Anna King / Northwest News Network

Winds from the Pacific coast bring much-needed rains to dry Southern Idaho this time of year. For wheat farmers, they may also carry a tiny threat: fungal spores, which cause stripe rust.