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Chapter 36 : Arms and the Fungus

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” (“”). So starts Virgil’s . I have wondered why anyone would want to sing the praise of armaments, as this is not my cup of tea. There is, however, biological weaponry that I think deserves our admiration. One of the most elaborate examples is the mechanism found in an enigmatic fungus that has been provisionally classified with the oomycetes or water molds. An entire fungal cell is injected into a passing nematode or rotifer, there to develop at the expense of the host. Mechanisms for injecting biologically active material are not uncommon; they are seen in pathogenic bacteria, viruses, jellyfish, and stinging nettles, among others. But it is a rare organism that possesses the intricate machinery required to actively introduce a whole cell into a fast-moving and unsuspecting host.

Citation: Schaechter E. 2016. Arms and the Fungus, p 143-145. In Schaechter M, In the Company of Microbes: 10 Years of Small Things Considered. ASM Press, Washington, DC. doi: 10.1128/9781555819606.ch36
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Citation: Schaechter E. 2016. Arms and the Fungus, p 143-145. In Schaechter M, In the Company of Microbes: 10 Years of Small Things Considered. ASM Press, Washington, DC. doi: 10.1128/9781555819606.ch36
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Electron microscope section of the tip of a Haptoglossa gun cell, courtesy of Dr. E. Jane Robb.

Citation: Schaechter E. 2016. Arms and the Fungus, p 143-145. In Schaechter M, In the Company of Microbes: 10 Years of Small Things Considered. ASM Press, Washington, DC. doi: 10.1128/9781555819606.ch36
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