What's in your backyard?
The Citizen Science Soil Collection program is an initiative designed to bring together biomedical researchers with citizen scientists in an effort to find new soil fungi from across the United States that produce drug-like compounds called natural products. Natural products hold great promise for development into therapies capable of impeding the proliferation of cancer cells, stopping the spread of infectious pathogens, and treating many other human diseases. Citizen scientists have provided thousands of soil samples from their land, which investigators are using to uncover new fungal species that make natural products. Individuals interested in joining the program can learn more at whatsinyourbackyard.org.