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Found a bunch of awesome at Lick Creek park today
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4 weeks ago by ebuchholtz
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fungi extract helps support bee health?
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6 weeks ago by lmoon
With climate change, Valley fever spreads in California—and this year could be the worst yet (David Gorn | CALmatters)
" You wouldn’t guess this is a man with a reservoir surgically built into the top of his skull, and that he spends one full day a month with antifungal drugs pumping directly into his brain.

" Purdie has Valley fever, or coccidioidomycosis, a disease he caught in 2012 that’s caused by an airborne soil fungus. In his case, the fungus gave him meningitis, a swelling of the membranes that line the brain and spinal cord. The pain in his head has been intense, and the monthly drug injections are even more excruciating, he said. "
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7 weeks ago by kellyramsey
These Zombie Flies Are Being Mind-Controlled By a Fungus (Liz Langley | National Geographic)
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Before the fly dies, Elya says, the fungus induces the fly “to climb up something nearby” and push out its proboscis, or mouthparts. Then, the fly drools what is likely a fungal secretion onto the surface it’s standing on, a sticky substance that glues the hapless fly to the floor.

" The fungus then exerts a kind of mind-control on the fly, causing the fly to lift its wings upright, a position in which the wings “become stuck out from their back at a steep upward angle,” Elya says.

" A few hours later, the white fungus can be seen growing out through the bug’s brownish body, making a striped pattern. Spores form at the tips of the fungal fuzz, and then in an amazing display of physics launch from the fly’s body as if shot from a cannon, spreading in search of another fly to infect. "
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august 2018 by kellyramsey

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