Posts Tagged 'mycology'

Brainless Slime Mold Physarum polycephalum Shows Intelligence


Slime molds are gelatinous amoebae that are classified as protists, a taxonomic group. Slime molds, while brainless, are smarter than they look. Physarum polycephalum can solve mazes, mimic the layout of man-made transportation networks, and choose the healthiest food from a menu.

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Fungal Meningitis Has New Appetite for Human Brains


In the USA, an ongoing fungal meningitis outbreak has killed 30 people and sickened another 419. The fungus responsible has never wrecked such havoc before.

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UK’s 90 Million Ash Trees Are Likely to be Wiped Out


The UK’s new plan that will deal with ash disease might not come in time, as most of the country’s 90 million ash trees are likely to be wiped out. Ash dieback is caused by the fungus Chalara fraxinea and it will probably kill 99% of the ash trees in the UK.

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Zombie-Ant Fungus Faces its Own Deadly, Specialized Parasites


The zombie-ant fungus is part of the Ophiocordyceps genus, and its strange way of infecting worker ants’ heads and controlling them to distribute more spores has been well documented in scientific literature.

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