Beneficial Symbiosis as a Firewall for Disease? Understanding the Coevolution Between Fungi and Termites with Michael Poulsen

Finding Genius Podcast

Mar 11

35 min

Imagine a disease-free world. If it were easy enough to establish and maintain, most people on earth would choose it. Some species of ants and termites seem to have figured out a way to do just this. Tune in to discover:

How certain ant and termite species might produce and use antimicrobial substances in their fungal gardens in the same way that humans use pesticides for disease-free crops How termites and ants prevent the invasion and spread of disease within colonies How termite nests differ or remain the same depending on environmental conditions

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