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April
2014

Bacterial tricks for turning plants into zombies

Microbe deploys proteins that manipulate both the plant it infects and the insects that spread it. Many parasites commandeer the bodies of their hosts in order to spread. Examples of this include horsehair worms that reach water by forcing their cricket hosts to drown themselves, and liver flukes that drive infected ants to climb blades of grass, where cows can eat the insects, and so the flukes...