A tough question....
egrunden at prairienet.org
Thu Feb 15 12:01:08 EST 1996
Several years ago, I was watching a documentary about tropical rainforests.
In this documentary they talked about a fungus that lives (for the most part)
in the canopy. It drops its spores to the floor where they come in contact
with a certain species of ant. They infect the ant and at a certain point in
the ants life it is compelled (by the infection process) to climb a tree, and
at the top it sinks its mandibles into a branch and dies there. The fungus
then sprouts from the dead body of the ant and the cycle continues.
1) Does anyone know the name of this tropical fungus, or at least have heard
2) How can a fungus influence a SPECIFIC behavior pattern to occur? I could
understand if the ant just went crazy and did random things, but how can
the exact behavior (climbing, clamping onto a branch,etc) be caused over
I realize this whole thing sounds a little hard to believe (I think so too)
but that is what they said in the documentary. Anyone know of similar
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