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Scientists have studied zombie insects in Primorye. This will help farmers deal with pests

Scientists have studied zomby insects in Primorye. This will help farmers deal with pests

In 2018, Russian scientists studied parasitic fungi, killer organisms that turn insects into zombies. One of them, Ophiocordyceps unilateralis, sprouts inside the bodies of ants turning the victim into an obedient puppet. The infected insect wanders in search of a favorable place for the growth of its new owner. Having reached the ideal shelter, the parasitic mushroom paralyzes an insect and slowly kills it. Next, the fruiting body of the fungus springs from the victim’s head releasing deadly spores into the air. Read More