Fungi that Infects Insects: Altering Host Behavior & Beyond.

posted Aug 20, 2015, 9:50 PM by Jacob Ramos   [ updated Aug 20, 2015, 9:51 PM ]
The purpose of this article was to explain how insects can be controlled by viruses. When a virus or fungi finds a healthy host it attaches itself to it and manipulates the host. By doing so the insect is no longer in control of its own behavior. Technically speaking the ant or insect is practically dead. Once fungi is attached to its host it slowly kills it for reals. Some insects can actually prevent themselves from being mind controlled by a fungus. These insects can sense pheromones that the fungi put off and avoid coming in contact with them.  This experiment was conducted in a controlled environment. The researchers explain that they will look into neurology and chemistry of the situation. 
Authors: Yan Fang Shang,Peng Feng,Chengshu Wang.