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Zombie Fungus Causes Ants to Die at the ‘Doorstep’ of Colonies to Infect More Hosts

A certain fungus may just turn ants into zombies–sort of. Scientists have discovered a parasitic fungus that can manipulate its victims to die in the vicinity of the colony, ensuring a constant supply of potential new hosts.Like Us on FacebookRelated Articles Humble Ants May be Key to Sequestering Carbon Dioxide and Curbing Global Warming Known as the “zombie ant fungus,” Ophiocordyceps camponoti-rufipedis has the ability to control the behavior of carpenter ant workers. In fact, the fungus causes the ants to die with precision attached to leaves in the understory of tropical forests.

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This entry was posted on August 20, 2014 by in Animals, Science, zombies.

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