Fungal zombies and microbial mind control: OR, how I learned to stop worrying and embrace our microbial overlords.

In the spirit of the season, please join us Monday November 5 at 7pm to talk about zombies with Dr. Alija Mujic, an Assistant Professor of Mycology at Fresno State.

Fungi are everywhere. Take a deep breath… You’ve just inhaled several hundred fungal spores. For the most part this is just a normal part of life. We breathe in, we breathe out, and the fungal spores get expelled naturally from our bodies without causing any harm. But, have you ever wondered, what might happen if something went TERRIBLY, TERRIBLY wrong? While very rare in humans, for a lot of insects the potential for something to go terribly wrong is actually very great. Some fungi are even capable of taking over the minds of their insect hosts and drive the insect to perform all manner antisocial behavior. This, dear readers, is the case of zombie ant. A diabolical amalgam of ant and fungus, driven during its short time on earth to commit the most unspeakable eldritch horrors. Come and join us for a discussion of zombie fungi and their favorite insect hosts. It promises to be an evening that will scare you brainless (if you are an insect)!

Who: Dr. Alija Mujic, California State University, Fresno.

When: November 5, 2018 at 7PM

Where: Santa Fe Basque, 3110 N Maroa Ave., Fresno, CA 93704

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