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Deadly foe is hard to recognise and defeat

Brown root rot is caused by a fungus with strong virulence named Phellinus noxius, which prefers acidic, hot and humid conditions. The disease has been found in the United States and tropical and subtropical regions in Asia, including southern Japan, the mainland, Taiwan, Malaysia and Singapore.

Friday, 26 April, 2013, 5:39am

Brown root rot threatens Hong Kong's forests

Apart from killing 17 heritage trees in urban areas, the incurable fungal condition has infected at least seven trees in Tai Po Kau Nature Reserve, one in the Observatory grounds in Tsim Sha Tsui and probably some in Kam Shan Country Park.

26 Apr 2013 - 5:56am

Brown root rot disease could be spread by humans

The wide spread of the virulent brown root rot disease in Hong Kong's trees may have been caused by human mistakes made worse by monkeys. Tree specialists say contamination of hikers' boots, use of improperly quarantined ornamental plants and soil carried by monkeys could all be factors.

26 Apr 2013 - 6:02am

French gendarmerie hunt out truffle thieves

Never let it be said that Gallic gastronomes would allow an economic crisis or thieves to get in the way of their seasonal delicacy.

As the price of the rare Tuber melanosporum - the black truffle - rocketed to €1,200 (HK$12,300) a kilo, producers called in gendarmes to protect their valuable harvest.

27 Dec 2012 - 4:41am

Fungus while it lasts

Chef Andrea Fraire is smiling: 'It rained in Italy!' The new chef de cuisine at Grissini Grand Hyatt is relieved because rain in his native Piedmont means there are fresh porcini for his seasonal menu Parlando Di Funghi (Speaking of Mushrooms) and 10 delicious dishes are available, featuring fresh porcini harvested in Italy only one or two days ago.

27 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Lifelong joy of foraging for fungal delights

Professor Liu Xingzhong is China's top fungus expert. Twice a year for the past two decades, the principal investigator of the Chinese Academy of Sciences' Institute of Microbiology has obtained government funding for fungus forays in the high mountains and deep valleys.

13 Mar 2011 - 12:00am

Damaged trees removed after fungal attacks

Two trees listed as old and valuable were felled by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department yesterday. It said an inspection in July found a 16-metre South China honeylocust in Victoria Park had suffered a rapid fungal attack.

14 Sep 2010 - 12:00am

Mould can taste - and do good too

You have probably seen a piece of very stale bread covered with small fluffy, bluish growths.

But eating a small amount with your bread would not actually harm you. These growths are mould, which belong to the large group of simple plants called fungi.

There are nearly 100,000 different kinds of fungi.

20 Jan 1997 - 12:00am

Mushroom kingdom

HOW many different kinds of mushrooms are there? There are about 3,300 types of mushrooms in the world.

Mushrooms are fungi, and cooks use them as an exotic addition to some dishes.

25 Oct 1995 - 12:00am

A fact about brain cells

DOES the brain stop growing when you turn 13? Actually the brain begins to lose cells after the age of two.

Humans start out life with billions of brain cells but soon begin to lose them.

One theory is that the body is just losing cells that it will not be able to use.

By the time you are 13, the brain has already lost a lot of cells.

29 Aug 1995 - 12:00am