Despite the threat that emerging fungal pathogens (EFPs) pose to global health, economy, food security and ecosystems, studies are often poorly financed and constitute only a tiny proportion of publicly-funded research. These challenges, along with the complexities of identifying fungi, and the difficulty of growing many EFPs in laboratories, means that there is a significant need for inexpensive, rapid, portable and straightforward-to-use diagnostic tools.
A recent review, by Pria Ghosh, Matthew Fisher and Kieran Bates, provides a comprehensive overview of the current and upcoming technologies available to aid diagnosis of EFPs, with a particular focus on their advantages and disadvantages for use in the field. Relevant for the diverse range of specialists required to monitor EFPs, this paper is a useful summary of the technologies available for those working to mitigate potential fungal epidemics
Read the paper: Ghosh et al Diagnosing emerging fungal threats: a one health perspective Front Genet. 2018; 9: 376.