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.
If you had bionic eyes, you'd spy millions of the fungus' cigar-shaped spores attach onto a passing maggot. Soon after, the spores would drill into the maggot's body.
Once inside, 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 body.
But don't worry, the fungus' main target is the root maggot--not people, animals or plants.