Tackling emerging fungal threats to animal health, food security and ecosystem resilience

Matthew C. Fisher*, Neil A R Gow, Sarah J. Gurr

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Emerging infections caused by fungi have become a widely recognized global phenomenon. Their notoriety stems from their causing plagues and famines, driving species extinctions, and the difficulty in treating human mycoses alongside the increase of their resistance to antifungal drugs. This special issue comprises a collection of articles resulting from a Royal Society discussion meeting examining why pathogenic fungi are causing more disease now than they did in the past, and how we can tackle this rapidly emerging threat to the health of plants and animals worldwide.

Original languageEnglish
Article number20160332
JournalPhilosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences
Issue number1709
Early online date24 Oct 2016
Publication statusPublished - 5 Dec 2016

Bibliographical note

Prof. John Taylor provided an incisive summary at the meeting that framed many aspects of our introduction, and Prof. Larry Madoff and Dr Britta Lassman provided data and analysis upon which figure 1 was created. We thank the Royal Society for not only funding this meeting, but also for providing the excellent infrastructure and personnel that made running this meeting and creating this special issue of Phil. Trans. B. a pleasure.


  • Emerging disease
  • Fungi
  • Mycosis


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