Ed Yong wrote one of the most interesting articles I have read in a long time. It’s about ants who are attacking our chocolate supply. But it’s also about the under-appreciated global problem of plant diseases, the burdens globalization is placing on ecosystems around the world, the state of scientific research in fields that don’t make headlines, and issues related to global food production and third world development. Ants might be small but they can make quite a large impact.
Also two of the fungal diseases Yong discusses are called “witches’ broom and frosty pod rot” which are terrifyingly awesome names for plant diseases.