Some chemical insecticides now used short-circuit the nervous systems
of crop-eating insects, like the root maggots. But the researchers' fungal
fighter uses a different tactic, and it's not pretty.
you had bionic eyes, you'd spy millions of the fungus' cigar-shaped
attach onto a passing maggot. Soon after, the spores would drill into the
they'd begin reproducing on the maggot's organs and tissues. Eventually, the
fungus spreads to the maggot's outside. There, it can take on many forms, like
slimy, amber-colored mold, or twisted horns poking out from the root maggot's
But don't worry, the fungus' main target is the
root maggot--not people, animals or plants.