Ophiocordyceps Unilateralis: The Zombie Ant Fungus and How the Zombie Ant Fungus Works

Ophiocordyceps unilateralis (off-eyo-cordi-ceps uni-later-alis) also known as the "zombie ant fungi" infects ants after being ingested. The fungi requires the host to die so it infects the brain and programs the ant to die after eating any large leaf. It then programs the ants jaw to stay clamped shut to the leaf so that it has a steady place to sprout and release spores so that the cycle can repeat...

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