Fungicides for crops: Worrying link to fungal drug resistance in UK, warns scientists

15 julio 2014

Aspergillus — a common fungus that attacks the lungs and is found in soil and other organic matter — has become resistant to life-saving drugs in parts of rural Yorkshire, researchers report. Although the link has been made before in the Netherlands, it’s the first time its been made in the UK between drug resistance in Aspergillus and fungicides used on crops. Experts warn their findings, now published, are significant and raise serious implications for transplant patients, those with leukemia and people who suffer from severe asthma.