Researchers: Zombie ant fungus kills hosts at their ‘doorstep’

August 21, 2014 6:05 AM

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The researchers suggest that the parasite functions as a long lasting, though tolerable, condition for the ants.

According to a statement from Penn State University, a parasitic fungus that must kill its ant hosts outside their nest to replicate and pass on their infection, manipulates its victims to die near the colony, ensuring a steady supply of potential new hosts.

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