While mushrooms may now be helping combat depression, not all fungi are friends. Evolved types, such as pathogenic fungi, pose a threat to human health and studies warn that climate change could increase their potency.
We’ve been warned time and time again about the human health risks posed by a warmer climate.
Fighting off infection, reducing the spread of viruses, and stopping novel and dangerous pathogens from travelling between animals and humans are all challenges likely to become more difficult in the future.
Now, scientists from Duke University in North Carolina have pointed to a new potential danger. They’ve raised the alarm about pathogenic fungi, which have the ability to mutate and adapt when exposed to hotter temperatures.
Pathogenic fungi have been affecting humans for centuries. The most common manifestations of those infected by them will occur in the fingernails or toenails, as short-term yeast infections, or as the skin condition known as ringworm.
Though the vast majority of healthy people have no issue recovering from these issues, new research suggests pathogenic fungi could become especially potent and dangerous when exposed to hotter surroundings.
That’s bad news for even the healthiest of us.