This episode: Fruit fly gut microbes can mediate non-genetic traits passed from parents to offspring!
This episode: Bringing a fungus that makes zombie flies into the lab makes a good model for studying microbial mind-control!
This episode: Figuring out the best way to study the spread of a fungus that kills an invasive tree-eating caterpillar pest!
This episode: Unlike most animals, caterpillars don’t seem to have a resident gut microbe to help them in various ways!
This episode: Fungi modified to produce spider and scorpion toxins kill malaria-transmitting mosquitoes extra fast!
This episode: Studying how Wolbachia bacteria spread through a mosquito population helps efforts to use them to prevent the spread of Dengue! Thanks to Tom Schmidt for his contribution.
This episode: Fungi living in plants could protect them from ants that cut up their leaves to feed their own fungal gardens!
This episode: Fungus-eating flies transfer viruses that help make fungi less harmful to plants!
This episode: Bacteria in mosquito cells can block transmission of Zika virus!
Insect gut microbes can be engineered to act as birth control, population control, or disease control for bugs!