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Old 08-18-2010, 09:30 PM   #1
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Ants controlled by "intelligent" fungus enables fungus to spread where it otherwise couldn't. The fungus has been doing this for millions of years. It turns the ants into zombies that become robots controlled exclusively by the fungus.


'Zombie ants' controlled by parasitic fungus for 48m years | Science | The Guardian
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Old 08-19-2010, 03:08 PM   #2
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Very interesting read. The natural world never ceases to amaze me. I'd love to know exactly how the fungus does this.
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Old 08-20-2010, 12:58 AM   #3
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MrAnts would probably know.... he knows everything ant.
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I believe the ant brain is still a mystery to science, as far as I know at least. But this article is just highlighting a study from last year about certain hosts only foraging in the canapé where humidity is to low for the spores to exist very long to limit infection. The BBC (video) I've posted is a few years old and has some fantastic camera work as usual, and who doesn't love David Attenborough.

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Old 08-20-2010, 10:55 AM   #5
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YouTube- Cordyceps: attack of the killer fungi - Planet Earth Attenborough BBC wildlife

I believe the ant brain is still a mystery to science, as far as I know at least. But this article is just highlighting a study from last year about certain hosts only foraging in the canapé where humidity is to low for the spores to exist very long to limit infection. The BBC (video) I've posted is a few years old and has some fantastic camera work as usual, and who doesn't love David Attenborough.
Great film clip. So, when Attenborough says that as soon as one species becomes too powerful that it is attacked by fungus, does he mean man should have his eye out for the fungus to end all funguses? Seems we fit the definition of a species having become too powerful.

Perhaps the fungus has already made its move and causes large populations of Homo sapiens to pollute its own habitat? If so there's already lots of evidence of the presence of such a mind possessing creature...
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Old 08-21-2010, 09:36 AM   #6
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Rack em MrAnts!!! Great video!!! jack> too blasted funny!!! I know you were joking but.... Unusual Fungal and Pseudofungal Infections of Humans -- Pfaller and Diekema 43 (4): 1495 -- Journal of Clinical Microbiology.
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Here's another example of zombie ants; the fungus here is in the genus Ophiocordyceps

“Zombie” ants fall victim to mind-control fungus | The Upshot Yahoo! News
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Here's a bit more info than the article provided as well as Science Blogger and Myrmecologiest, Alex Wild's take on it. And the original study all this is based on.
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Are these world wide fungus or strictly tropical in their location?
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Strictly tropical as far as I know, and even then restricted to only one species of ant. Certainly not many more.
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