"Zombie ant" fungus found to leave its victim's brains uneaten

It's one of nature's most disturbing horror stories: a fungus takes control of a living ant and uses it to spread its spores through the colony. But now there's a strange new wrinkle to the story, as a new study led by Penn State University has found that the fungus makes these "zombie ants" without directly infecting the brains of its hosts... Continue Reading "Zombie ant" fungus found to leave its victim's brains uneaten Category: Biology Tags: Ants Fungus Insect Parasites Pennsylvania State University Zombies Related Articles: Entomologist acts as human incubator for bot flies Scientists sequence genetic code of dog roundworm Nanotech could rid cattle of ticks, with less collateral damage New hookworm vaccine passes clinical trials in Brazil Shu

"Zombie ant" fungus found to leave its victim's brains uneaten

It's one of nature's most disturbing horror stories: a fungus takes control of a living ant and uses it to spread its spores through the colony. But now there's a strange new wrinkle ...

Fri 10 Nov 17 from Gizmag

'Zombie ant' brains left intact by fungal parasite

A fungal parasite that infects ants and manipulates their behavior to benefit the fungus' reproduction accomplishes this feat without infecting the ants' brains, according to a study led by ...

Tue 7 Nov 17 from Phys.org

'Zombie Ant' Brains Left Intact by Fungal Parasite, Wed 8 Nov 17 from Laboratory Equipment

Biological clock found in fungal parasite sheds more light on 'zombie ants' phenomenon

Charissa de Bekker, Ph.D., came to UCF earlier this year to continue her research on a fungal parasite that infects ants, hijacks their brains and controls their behavior to spread its fungal ...

Mon 6 Nov 17 from Phys.org

Zombie ants are scarier than you ever imagined

When you think of zombies, perhaps George A. Romero's film "Night of the Living Dead" or the hit TV show "The Walking Dead" come to mind. But now there's a new category for mindless eating machines ...

Tue 14 Nov 17 from FOXNews

Zombie fungus is scarier than you ever imagined, Tue 14 Nov 17 from FOXNews

See What's Controlling These Zombie Ants

Sat 11 Nov 17 from National Geographic

Zombie fungal parasites invade ants through their muscles

Researchers at Penn State University suggest that the zombie ant fungus surrounds and invades muscle fibres throughout the ant's body, allowing it to control the host's behaviour.

Fri 10 Nov 17 from Daily Mail

Fungal parasite controls muscles, turning ants into zombies - CNET

New study that uses 3D visualization and deep learning shows that "zombie ant fungus" controls the insect's muscles, not the brain.

Fri 10 Nov 17 from CNET

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