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For my project I am looking into whether a product based on vanilla can elicit defence responses in plants. I covered why there’s research into natural products in my last post.
Many of us are familiar with the ‘zombie fungus’ (Ophiocordyceps unilateralis) which turns ants into ‘zombies’. The fungus is able to manipulate the ant behaviour to its own ends, which are to find the best spot to release its spores for reproduction, one of these released spores might land on another ant and the cycle can continue. This is not an isolated case and there are other examples this ‘zombifying’ behaviour in animals, it is also seen in plants.
Virology-related and hopefully educational posts
Plants and the Planet
Hiking & Painting in Nature - Chicago
A life sciences blog exploring evolution and its weird and wonderful creations.
Just like the Thesis Whisperer - but with more money
A group blog from students at the John Innes Centre, Norwich, UK
art, pigments, reviews
Boldly going where no forest ecologist has gone before
Multa novit vulpes