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Finding Genius Podcast

Jul 17, 2023

Today, we connect with Henrik H. De Fine Licht, an Associate Professor at the University of Copenhagen’s Department of Plant and Environmental Sciences. Here, his research currently focuses on co-evolution in mutualistic and parasitic interactions – a fascinating subject yet to be fully understood by scientists.

Henrik is an evolutionary biologist that has distinct interests in evolutionary ecology and fungal genetics. How do fungi interact with insects, and what makes this interaction so intriguing? Henrik brings to light some facts that may surprise you…

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In this conversation, we cover:

  • The various social insects that cultivate fungi for food. 
  • How fungi are able to manipulate the behavior of their hosts.
  • What happens when fungi attach to insects, and how the infection progresses.
  • Examples of host shifts in pathogenic fungi. 

To find out more about Henrik and his work, click here now!

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