It’s a warm, spring day. You’re sitting under a tree snacking on a bag of potato chips, when a breeze tickles your nose. You sneeze, sending a soggy crumb into the grass where it bonks an unsuspecting ant on the head. Unfazed, she nibbles the chip, then heaves it over her shoulder and carries it back to the colony. Little does she know that, during its brief flight from your mouth, this sticky glob picked up a fungal spore that is deadly to ants. Within a day she’ll be sick, within two she’ll be dead.
Good news, humanity: The ant man is here! And he’s funded!
No, not Ant-Man of comic-book fame. We’re talking about Neil Tsutsui, an expert in ant genetics and behavior and an associate professor in the Department of Environmental Science, Policy and Management.
Posted on April 30, 2013 - 11:53am