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'Zombie ant' brains left intact by fungal parasite | EurekAlert! Science News
"Almost like a puppeteer pulls the strings to make a marionette move, the fungus controls the ant's muscles to manipulate the host's legs and mandibles."
parasites  ants  fungi  puppets 
13 days ago by kevan
New mushrooms found in porcini packet | Kew News
"Kew mycologists Bryn Dentinger and Laura Martinez-Suz have discovered three species of mushrooms that are new to science in a commercial packet of dried Chinese porcini purchased from a shop in London."
fungi  secrets  food 
october 2014 by kevan
[1203.2851] Are motorways rational from slime mould's point of view?
"For each geographical entity we represented major urban areas by oat flakes and inoculated the slime mould in a capital. [We] found that the slime mould approximates best of all the motorway graphs of Belgium, Canada and China."
transport  fungi 
april 2012 by kevan
Amazonian Rainforest Fungus Eats Polyurethane, Potentially Solving a Big Landfill Problem | Popular Science
"The fungus called Pestalotiopsis microspora can subsist on a diet of polyurethane alone, and do so in an anaerobic environment, according to the researchers who found it."
plastic  fungi  future 
february 2012 by kevan
Industrial-Strength Fungus - TIME
"After the husks are cooked, sprayed with water and myco-vitamins and seeded with mushroom spores, the mixture is poured into a mold of the desired shape and left to grow in a dark warehouse. A week or two later, the finished product is popped out and the material rendered biologically inert."
architecture  fungi  construction  via:zarba 
february 2010 by kevan

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