Ophiocordyceps: Fungal Puppet Masters


Ant killed by Ophiocordyceps fungus. Tosohatchee Wildlife Management Area, Orange County, Florida, USA. Photo by Katja Schulz/Flickr/Creative Commons

The fungus Ophiocordyceps unilateralis is the Mona Lisa of mind control parasites. In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Joe discuss the latest findings on its insidious ant-hijacking antics -- as well as a few other favorite biological puppet masters.

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Topics in this Podcast: parasites, biology, ants