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Old 11-10-2017, 01:35 PM   #1
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Default 'Zombie ant' brains left intact by fungal parasite

If you ever seen one of those fuzzy insects on the underside of a branch/leaf this might give some insight into why or how.


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A fungal parasite that infects ants and manipulates their behavior to benefit the fungus' reproduction accomplishes this feat without infecting the ants' brains, according to a study led by Penn State researchers.

https://phys.org/news/2017-11-zombie...ft-intact.html
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Old 11-11-2017, 11:15 AM   #2
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Just watched a documentary on mushrooms called "The Magic of Mushrooms" on Netflix. It showed the invasion of ant bodies by a particular fungus, much like the article you posted claimed. It also showed the incredibly fascinating relationship between fungus and plants in great detail. Worth checking out!!
https://www.netflix.com/watch/802127...3f64663b7dc4aa
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Old 11-11-2017, 09:26 PM   #3
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Yeah I just watched the documentary but I had the post open at the same time. I have actually seen a few infected hosts in the wild and have been lucky enough to share with some others.



Preview: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ab5dU95TW6c
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Zombie Makers is a book I donate to middle school libraries but I know adults who have enjoyed it and learned some stuff. Reviews indicate the Kindle version is not so good.

https://www.amazon.com/Zombie-Makers...40_&dpSrc=srch
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