If, like me, you’re watching The Last of Us, you’ve got mushrooms on your mind. On the television series, based on a pair of spectacular if emotionally brutal video games, takes place in a world where rising temperatures has resulted in mutations to Cordyceps mushrooms, enabling them to infect humans. And thus, a zombie apocalypse was born.
But mushrooms have a different sort of conflict going on, between two types dubbed the “Death Eaters” and the “Sapsuckers” in the video below from the University of Minnesota. Beside their tree-benefitting activities, the Sapsuckers are also the tastier of the two groups, so you can probably guess who I’m rooting for to become our eventual mind-controlling dystopian overlords.