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The priciest fungus in the world is a parasite that grows from a caterpillar’s head.
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NPR—Caterpillar Fungus: The Viagra of the Himalayas:
http://www.npr.org/2011/10/09/141164173/caterpillar-fungus-the-viagra-of-the-himalayas

National Geographic—Caterpillar Fungus Has Anti-Inflammatory Properties:
http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2012/121128-caterpillar-fungus-swelling-animals-science/

Cochrane—Cordyceps sinensis (a Chinese medicinal herb) for treating chronic kidney disease:
http://www.cochrane.org/CD008353/RENAL_cordyceps-sinensis-a-chinese-medicinal-herb-for-treating-chronic-kidney-disease

Science Alert—The parasitic fungus is worth more than its weight in gold:
http://www.sciencealert.com/this-parasitic-fungus-is-worth-more-than-its-weight-in-gold

Nature—Asian medicine: A Fungus in decline:
http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v482/n7383/full/482035b.html

7th International Medicinal Mushroom Conference—Steps towards Sustainable Harvest of Yartsa Gunbu (Caterpillar Fungus, Ophiocordyceps sinensis):
http://mushroaming.com/sites/default/files/blog_images/Winkler%20Caterpillar%20fungus%20sustainability%20IMMC7%202013.pdf

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Host, Animator, Editor
Anna Rothschild

Writer
Elizabeth Preston

Camera, Sound
Seeta Joseph

Quirky Idea
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FOOTAGE AND IMAGES

Caterpillar Fungus 2
Filmographer:
Rdo rje don 'grub རྡོ་རྗེ་དོན་འགྲུབ།
(Duojieduanzhi)
Flickr/Koknor Koknor

Cordyceps sinensis in ground
Exposed 2008 and Bu Finding BarLa288
©Daniel Winkler
http://mushroaming.com

Weighing Caterpillar Fungus
Wikimedia Commons/Mario Biondi

Soup of Silkie Seahorse and Cordyceps
Wikimedia Commons/Kent Wang

Mountain yak penis, fungus as Chinese medicines
Wikimedia Commons/Angela Schmeidel Randall

Cordyceps Sinensis
Wikimedia Commons/Rafti Institute

Caterpillar Fungus Store, Central Lhasa
Flickr/Erik Törner

Duck Tales, Alice in Wonderland, Mario Gifs
Giphy

SFX

Cockroaches
Freesound/StateAardvark­
(used with permission from author)

Squeak Pack/squeak_10
Freesound/Corsica_S

Jawharp Boing
Freesound/plingactivator

Swish Unwrap Fast
Freesound/goldendiaphragm

RAM_Mouth Hawk_rev_v1
Freesound/Reidedo

Male drinking slurping aaaaaaaaaaah small belch
Freesound/Anton

Tape Pulling Off Surface
Freesound/Baryy

MouthPop
Freesound/HerbertBoland

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