Parasites and mind control: the case of zombie ants

2017-07-12T18:57:09+02:008 August 2017|Categories: No Category|Tags: , , , |

Il fungo Ophiocordiceps unilateralis è noto anche come “fungo delle formiche zombie”. It is a parasite of a species of ant of the genus Camponotus and reproduces by manipulating the behavior of its host. Its spores fall on the back of an ant, they penetrate its body and gradually begin to colonize it and feed on its soft tissues, until they secrete chemicals that reach the brain directly. The ant then stops performing its normal tasks and turns into a "zombie" serving the parasite: costretta dapprima ad ancorarsi con le mandibole alla foglia più [...]