Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Cordyceps is a type of fungi that parasitizes insects and some arthropods. BBC's Planet Earth had a clip on a type of ant that, when parasitized, is 'brainwashed' (the ants perception of pheromones is screwed) into climbing up a tall structure. The fruiting body consumes the ant's brain and grows out of its head. The result is a mystical ant-unicorn chimera.

Is this a case of extreme co-evolution or just a sort of unintended effect (much like many plants have chemicals that evolved for self-defense but work in such a way that we just have to use them recreationally)? I'll do some sleuthing in the near future.

fungi growth on insect! [youtube]

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Allan Ben said...

Cordyceps is a very useful medicine and as read above, it enhances the body mechanisms of human beings. It is of great medicinal value and affects the heart, the liver, the kidney, the lungs, the immunity and the vitality of your body.

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