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12th August 2013

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 Growth of fungus, Paecilomyces cicadae, Elma Kearney This ascomycetous fungus is an endoparasite of underground cicada nymphs. Infection begins when ingested spores germinate and invade the nymph, inhibiting protein synthesis (by cordycepin) and replacing internal organs with mycelia. At maturity, the fungal fruiting bodies (stromata) grow from the killed host and produce white spores.
(source)

maybe i should do  a fuck yeah mycophobia week. fungus can be pretty horrifying and i’m glad it’s finally getting the cultural recognition it deserves. 

 Growth of fungus, Paecilomyces cicadae, Elma Kearney 
This ascomycetous fungus is an endoparasite of underground cicada nymphs. Infection begins when ingested spores germinate and invade the nymph, inhibiting protein synthesis (by cordycepin) and replacing internal organs with mycelia. At maturity, the fungal fruiting bodies (stromata) grow from the killed host and produce white spores.

(source)

maybe i should do  a fuck yeah mycophobia week. fungus can be pretty horrifying and i’m glad it’s finally getting the cultural recognition it deserves. 

Tagged: cicadafungisparasitecordyceps

Source: australiangeographic.com.au

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