Zombie-Ant Fungi Emerged from Non-manipulating, Beetle-Infecting Ancestors

João P.M. Araújo, David P. Hughes

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The ability of parasites to manipulate animal behavior is a complex adaptation that evolved multiple times to increase parasite fitness. Araújo and Hughes show that the zombie-ant fungi evolved from a fungal ancestor that infected beetle larvae buried in soil and trunks.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3735-3738.e2
JournalCurrent Biology
Issue number21
StatePublished - Nov 4 2019

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)
  • Agricultural and Biological Sciences(all)


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