Though fungi is essential in the production of bread, beer and some cheeses, it can also be a threat to human life in the form of deadly disease and infection. Fungus experts discuss the diverse and complex nature of the underappreciated "fifth kingdom" of organisms.
Kelli Hoover, associate professor of entomology at Penn State University
Arturo Casadevall, principal investigator, chairman of the Department of Microbiology & Immunology, professor of infectious diseases in the Department of Medicine, and a professor in the Division of Infectious Diseases at Albert Einstein College of Medicine.
David Fischer, is a mycologist for AmericanMushrooms.com, author of Edible Wild Mushrooms of North America; coauthor of Mushrooms of Northeastern North America
Kathie Hodge, associate professor of mycology at Cornell University