Fungi Transforms Ants into Zombies

In Brazilian rain forest, there is a type of fungi called Ophiocordyceps unilateralis. The special thing about this fungi is that it parasitic. Ants that come into contact with the fungus spores become infected, and within a week they begin behaving like zombies and leave the nest. The fungus species can infect an ant, take over its brain, and then kill the insect once it moves to a location ideal for the fungi to grow and spread their spores. The discovery was only on ants. What about other insects? Mammals? Human beings? Sounds scary though!

Pale looking ant

Ophiocordyceps unilateralis. Image credit: PLoS ONE 6(3): e17024. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0017024

Credits to: National Geographic and Physorg

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