27 June 2022

Watch: Kew's quest for the zombie fungus

Discover how Kew used social media in the height of the COVID-19 pandemic to track down a unique fungi specimen for our collection.

By Eddie Johnston

A close up image of large brown black insects with fungus

The Fungarium at Kew Gardens has over 1.3 million specimens of the world's weird and wonderful fungi, but there’s always room for more.

In 2021, Fungarium Curator Lee Davies posted a message on Twitter to see if anyone could help him on his quest for new specimens of a mind-altering, zombifying fungus.

Discover how this bizarre organism works, and how social media is helping connect scientists across the globe.

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