Taxol Producing Fungi in Yew Trees

Taxol Producing Fungi in Yew Trees

Yew trees have a built-in, fungal security force. My recent illustration for The Scientist magazine shows Taxol-producing fungi battling with pathogenic fungi. Taxol is used in anti-cancer drugs and harvested from yew trees.
Tick Feeding Cycle. © Lisa A. Clark

Tick Feeding Cycle

Ticks can transmit pathogens that cause disease through the process of feeding on a host animal.
Frill Neck Lizard © Lisa A. Clark

Frill Neck Lizard

Chlamydosaurus has a frill of folded skin that normally lies around the back of the head that is erected when the lizard is threatened. These bipedal lizards can run very quickly and sometimes appear to be walking on water.