Everyone gets excited about shiitakes and truffles, but what about the rest of the fungal kingdom -- the yeasts, molds, and other wee beasties? On one hand, fungi are responsible for the bread we eat, the beer we drink, and the flavor of certain cheeses. They also help break down organic matter, returning nutrients to the soil. On the other hand, scientists say fungi cost millions each year in disease and infection. Yet good or bad, we know little about them. In this hour of Science Friday, we'll explore the good, the bad, and the tasty, as we take a look at that underappreciated and often poorly understood fifth kingdom -- the fungi.
Produced by Annette Heist, Senior Producer