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Ken Ramos Feb 5, 2016 11:14 AM

Entomopathogenic fungi (Cordyceps) infected ant
 
This particular fungi is not all that uncommon, though the way that it infects insects is rather disturbing. For every insect species, there is a specific cordyceps fungi, it is natures way of keeping things from getting the upper hand over one another.

http://i102.photobucket.com/albums/m...pspryw3gxm.jpg

Here an infected ant has the spore bearing stroma arising from just behind the head. It takes only one very tiny spore to infect the ant and the fungi consumes the ant from the inside out. :eek: Cordyceps fungi is so powerful that it can completely wipe out an entire colony of ants.

conor Feb 11, 2016 9:29 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Ken Ramos (Post 1396870)
Cordyceps fungi is so powerful that it can completely wipe out an entire colony of ants.

Where does one get a big box of this fungi? Sevin is too hard to find (and doesn't work very well)... ;-)

Ken Ramos Feb 11, 2016 4:20 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by conor (Post 1396959)
Where does one get a big box of this fungi? Sevin is too hard to find (and doesn't work very well)... ;-)

Right off hand I would not know, you might could contact you local office dealing with agriculture to find out more. In the meantime if you have about 20 min. this TED video by Paul Stamets is rather interesting on the subject.
6 Ways Mushrooms Can Save the World Thanks Conor :)

conor Feb 12, 2016 9:58 AM

Thanks Ken!


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