infected ant

The suicide bite of zombie ants

There’s lots of weird and wonderful life cycles in the natural world but they probably don’t come much stranger than a parasitic fungus in the tropical rain-forest. This beast of a fungus infects ants, destroying their brains before finally forcing the ant to take a suicide bite of a leaf.

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Forgotten fungi

Much publicity is given towards tigers, otters, eagles and other animals at risk of extinction; unfortunately, fungi and other cryptogams tend to get little attention. For the past 20 or 30 years the number of, diversity and range of fungi have decreased greatly. What impact will this have on ecosystems? And what is causing these…