Rafflesia Arnoldii – Largest flower is parasite

Rafflesia Arnoldii - Bengkulu - 21-April-2015Rafflesia Arnoldii - Lake-Maninjau - Sumatra-Indonesia - 1-09-99Rafflesia ArnoldiiModel of Rafflesia flower - Lee Kong Chian - Natural History Museum Singapore - 08-08-2015

Rafflesia Arnoldii – Largest flower is parasite

Rafflesia Arnoldii – Rafflesia arnoldii, is the largest individual flower on Earth. It doesn’t have its own stems, leaves or roots. Parasites on vines of the Cissus genus, related to the vine. Deriving water and nutrients from the hosts. Rafflesia grows in a thicket of tropical jungles in Borneo and Sumatra.
It reaches a weight of 11 kg and a diameter of one meter. It consists of five fleshy, red, white speckled petals. Inside, it finds a few liters of nectar, and spike-like creations with an unknown function.
Rafflesia emit a specific, bad smell to rotten meat. In this way it attracts pollinating beetles and flies. That’s why the people of Indonesia call it a corpse flower. It blooms for 5-7 days, every few years. However, if pollinated, it produces round fruit. Containing thousands of tiny seeds.

Parasite forcing to suicide

Parasite forcing to suicide - Parasite Toxoplasmosa gondi

Parasite forcing to suicide

Parasite forcing to suicide – Toxoplasmose Gondi is a lethal parasite of animals, feeding primarily on felines. Protozoan to get to the body cat sees himself mice and rats and in an amazing way affects their behavior. It attacks the nervous system in such a way that rodents do not react with fear at the sight of a cat. On the contrary, the approach of predators.

Parasite causes malaria

Parasite causes malaria - Mosquito

Parasite causes malaria

Parasite causes malaria – Parasitic protista apikomkpleks that cause malaria, changing the chemical composition of the odors of their host so that their fragrance attracted more mosquitoes. The aim is to provide a spread descendants. They form the most attractive fragrance mosquito at the time in which the disease is most infectious.

Willing to risk – Under influence of Toxoplasma gondii

Willing to risk – Under influence of Toxoplasma gondii

Willing to risk – Under the influence of Toxoplasma gondii men they are more inclined to risk, and the more impulsiveexplains Robert Sapolsky, a neurosurgeon at Stanford University. – So many traffic accidents caused by excessive speed. Among the fatalities is three to four times more people infected with this parasite than normal.

Protozoan Toxoplasma gondii

Protozoan Toxoplasma gondii - Humans fibroblasts infected with a mutant of the Toxoplasma gondii

Protozoan Toxoplasma gondii

Protozoan Toxoplasma gondii – Professor Jaroslav Flegr, parasitologist from Charles University in Prague, which deals with the protozoan Toxoplasma gondii professionally, explains:

Men are more inclined to risk and more jealous, while women are more open and polite. Also, suicide, depression and people with schizophrenia tend to be very often carriers of the parasite.