Book cover of Blight: Fungi and the Coming Pandemic by Emily Monossonby Emily Monosson

Science News Favorite Book of 2023

A prescient warning about the mysterious and deadly world of fungi—and how to avert further loss across species, including our own.

Fungi are everywhere. Most are harmless; some are helpful. A few are killers. Collectively, infectious fungi are the most devastating agents of disease on earth, and a fungus that can persist in the environment without its host is here to stay. In Blight, Emily Monosson documents how trade, travel, and a changing climate are making us all more vulnerable to invasion. Populations of bats, frogs, and salamanders face extinction. In the Northwest, America’s beloved national parks are covered with the spindly corpses of whitebark pines. Food crops are under siege, threatening our coffee, bananas, and wheat—and, more broadly, our global food security. Candida auris, drug-resistant and resilient, infects hospital patients and those with weakened immune systems. Coccidioides, which lives in drier dusty regions, may cause infection in apparently healthy people. The horrors go on.

Interview with the Author

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Fungal Pandemic w/ Emily Monosson
7/4/23           61 min

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275 – Blight – Emily Monosson
12/11/23            47 min

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