Cordyceps, mind control and something definitely not for the tropical greenhouse!

In the Guardian yesterday was the amazing story of a fungus that controls the behaviour of ants and the use of another fungus by the ants to control the first fungus.

Zombie-ant parasitic fungus kept in check by hyperparasitic fungus

Ant colonies are protected against brain-manipulating parasitic fungi by another fungus

I don’t plan any large ant colonies in the new tropical glasshouse but this story is well worth a read for general interest and that macabre thought of the battle between two kingdoms of life.

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A professional botanist and biologist with an interest in promoting biological knowledge and awareness to all.
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