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The priciest fungus in the world is a parasite that grows from a caterpillar’s head. Subscribe! http://bit.ly/1FkxVLb ‖ Twitter! https://twitter.com/gross_science ‖ Tumblr! http://grossscience.tumblr.com/ ↓Want more info?↓ 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 -- Host, Animator, Editor Anna Rothschild Writer Elizabeth Preston Camera, Sound Seeta Joseph Quirky Idea Music Provided by APM 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 Produced by WGBH for PBS Digital Studios
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Eiralyss (10 часов назад)
Jason Carto (1 день назад)
_Traditional Chinese Medicine_ Another word for _Snake Oil_
heiner weiner (1 день назад)
It's like jews.
Darth Star Killer (1 день назад)
It’s in Chinese medicine aka it does absolutely nothing
HungryHammy ID (2 дня назад)
I have one bag inside my fridge 😐
Nepali Cricket crazy (2 дня назад)
Proud to born in nepal this fungus is only found in nepal
Iridium (2 дня назад)
Damn chinese medecine, they basically eat any weird parts of any rare species to get an erection. Without those dumbasses I'm pretty sure most endangered species would be just fine..
Shelli-Ann (2 дня назад)
Poor caterpillars
Zoes Dada (2 дня назад)
The Chinese will just eat anything.
Pussy Destroyer (3 дня назад)
In philippines they have that and they call it Bulate.
Hypergiratina5 (4 дня назад)
The last thing you want in your burger king burger is some caterpillar's foot fungus.
something (4 дня назад)
1:31 cure cancer what
Calli Perez (4 дня назад)
Disturbingly I already knew about this CAUSE I READ WOAH
yubraj gurung (4 дня назад)
It's not yarst gumba....it's yarsagumba
IKNFLY666 (4 дня назад)
Just like the ridiculously expensive truffles in the European eat, they are both mushroom that grow underground
John Michael_Cantarella 20241012 (4 дня назад)
i think i found some in my dads garden some people would say no but it looks EXACTLY like whats in da video
Anthony Liu (5 дней назад)
Oh poor caterpillar.
Benjamin cooper (5 дней назад)
ching chong ding dong? lol
Pink shit (5 дней назад)
Tbh i think its tasty “°-°
Roshan Jha (5 дней назад)
If you go for hunting this fungus and found few pounds.For months you'll be relieved
halloween is4furrs (5 дней назад)
Fun guss???
fungi is mushroom and don't get it confused with fungus
Leia Jiang (6 дней назад)
praveen ramsingh (6 дней назад)
In India also available
everything icando (6 дней назад)
That's how last of us universe basically got effected by zombies because of fungus
prasan bikram (6 дней назад)
Yarsha gumba values a lot its not because thats half insect and half plant but infact now the people knew about its benifits to cure against some incurable diseases thus have high demand especially from foreign countries ..ready to pay any amount . Found in Beautiful country NEPAL
Ergo Sum Adrieyl (6 дней назад)
She’s so jolly talking about one of the most horrible ways a poor caterpillar can die ):
Kenneth Yew (6 дней назад)
I wanted to learn about the fungus, but was distracted by how cute Anna was!
Sujal Stha (6 дней назад)
Ummm it's called yarsagumba
Oskar Gurung (6 дней назад)
Actually, Yarsa Gumba is mostly found in Nepal.
Gaurab kurumgbhang (6 дней назад)
Haha i've eaten it ....with milk!!!!!!!@#$&*!!!!
Ambu Rajan (7 дней назад)
Its himalayan vayagara....so costly....from india...
green apple (7 дней назад)
Nin9211 (7 дней назад)
Himalayan gold
Tenzing Bhutia (7 дней назад)
I just eated that insect today just watching it what the reason its for
Leo AW (7 дней назад)
Id like to see yarsagunba mutated to infect human
yogi chokkakula (8 дней назад)
I will grow it in my backyard I don't want to study any more😎
Jig Gyal (8 дней назад)
Yar means winter TSE means grass Guen means summer Bub means insect So winter grass but summer insects
TheNoob (8 дней назад)
How to endangere a sp 1.make sure u have a stick 2.whip them like u r holding a sword 3.now they are endangered These is just a joke don't take it for real and I know the endanger species meaning they are about to extinct
Michelle Yang (8 дней назад)
Fungi actually have a lot of medicinal benefits, like their high selenium content which boosts the immune system along with other nutrients.Can they cure cancer though? No
The Gamer (8 дней назад)
_Looks the thumbnail_ Me : ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)
SkyStrikeGames #Yolo (6 дней назад)
You disgusting man I also thought about it. We both are disgusting for what we are.
Aye Thiri (9 дней назад)
In Myanmar it is known as Shepadi and it can be found in Kachin State .In winter they hide under ice layer as fungus.
Kusum Thapa (9 дней назад)
It's habitat is in the Himalayas of Nepal.
Hun son (9 дней назад)
O you can find them in NEPAL but its expensive and can only be found in Himalayan reason only
Rainbow ink chan 347 (10 дней назад)
Sunil Khatri (10 дней назад)
We call it as yarshagumba
krishna Anytime (10 дней назад)
What don't Chinese eat
Bananas for LOL HK (6 дней назад)
+SkyStrikeGames #Yolo Japanese invasion except
SkyStrikeGames #Yolo (6 дней назад)
sujit Prajapati (10 дней назад)
This also increases sex desire
Min Soo (10 дней назад)
Available at our hometown!!! Those collector earns thousands, even though it's legally not allowed, but they sell anyway, and ya, it's freakin expensive. And it's an endangered species in our place but those collector doesn't know.
jeman shrestha (11 дней назад)
that eww caterpillar can go into your vagina..
jeman shrestha (11 дней назад)
can't you tell Nepal. not Tibetan plateau
Marianna Gloriani (11 дней назад)
They didn't find a way to cure cancer
MineCraft Rookie (11 дней назад)
It's called Yarsha Gumba
Ali_ A (12 дней назад)
Last of us any ?
LYRICS MGK (12 дней назад)
Jesse Peterson (14 дней назад)
or, don't eat it and try exercising for just 5m a day would probably have a better result
Reason Adhikari (15 дней назад)
Yersha gumba. natural medicine it is too expensive and found in Nepal every year.
Ze Atheist (18 дней назад)
chinese people everything
p.k. adhikari (21 день назад)
Please make more videos on the cordyceps.
KERRI HOANG (25 дней назад)
SkyStrikeGames #Yolo (6 дней назад)
Wait, you would find a twig and eat it?
muhd firdaus (26 дней назад)
Hello...i from asia..can i produce in Asia?
Avinash Mishra (27 дней назад)
It is also found in Uttarakhand, Himanchal Pradesh and Arunachal Pradesh in India..
MyChilepepper (29 дней назад)
The Chinese eat what ever is moving or not moving.
mattronimus (1 месяц назад)
These grow all over the world. I guess this one could be special, but they sell them in health food stores and people have found ways of cultivating them.... They're not terribly expensive.
Sue LR (1 месяц назад)
Not only at Nepal or chaina ! In Myanmar 🇲🇲 also
Shall Explore (1 месяц назад)
It's also known to increase sexual abilities 💪
Exeter Trees (1 месяц назад)
Wow - learnt something new today. Many thanks!
Princess Alcie (1 месяц назад)
Heh.....heh...........I’m Chinese and we cook it in our soups, traditional dishes.........it’s healthy......but I never knew they were going EXTINCT
Ashton Rainey (1 месяц назад)
So it’s a fungus that produces caterpillar zombies Hope it doesn’t evolve to affect humans with so many people eating it
krishna shrestha (1 месяц назад)
Anyone want yasagumbaa than contact me facbook (9779847200806)
अंकल सैम (1 месяц назад)
Hii How Much in indian Currency per Kg plz
DB Gamer (1 месяц назад)
0:09 HEY, that is a insult to the Toad race, yes they are mushrooms but that doesn’t give you the right to call them FUNGUS OR FUNGI. That would be the highest insult to the Toad race.
MK Sharma (1 месяц назад)
Liked you video. Yeah, Yarsa gumba is found in Nepal and Tibet. And also it boost up your whole metabolism in your body enhancing immunity in your body. It is very expensive because people take risk of their life on collecting it. Though found in Tibet also, most of its market in the world is occupied by Nepal. It is because Chinese are very clever, they do not share this kind of precious gift of nature to rest of the world.
Rupesh Shahi (1 месяц назад)
Iam from nepal and it is found here..it is also found where i live
Alla Uddin (1 месяц назад)
midas nightmare (1 месяц назад)
If reincarnation is real iwant to be a fungus they are the BICTHES of the world 2 two paricite
Ely Powell (1 месяц назад)
Chinese medicine is responsible for the extinction of a few species!
X Marks (1 месяц назад)
Mostly found in Nepal.
Sommia Tamang (2 месяца назад)
I ❤nepal.
Pat Yeow (2 месяца назад)
How many blue pills do I have to take to equal one fungus?
Raj Kumar (2 месяца назад)
raj kumAr
TK GamingKH (2 месяца назад)
I seen that plant and peoples in my country use it as medicine
Sameep Ghimire (2 месяца назад)
Come Visit Nepal 💞
Paul Chen (2 месяца назад)
If we can somehow convince the Chinese that terrorist's ball is an aphrodisiac, there won't be any terrorists left in two years.
SkyStrikeGames #Yolo (6 дней назад)
We don't eat humans!
יפה יוסף (2 месяца назад)
תודה רבה על ההסבר. אבל מה עושים עם התולעת צמח הזו שכל כך מחפשים אחריה?
HJ Z2018 (2 месяца назад)
Yuck! The Chinese can have em.
Dark Defence (2 месяца назад)
you find this in nepal but its quite rare
Paru Tmg (2 месяца назад)
This is called yarsaghumba in Nepali❤
Jack Duckz (2 месяца назад)
Amandeep Bisht (2 месяца назад)
Also known as " keeda jaddi " in parts of uttarakhand, highly valuable and costly .....Used in medication ... 1 kg cost approx 10 lakhs..... But the thing is, it's transportation is illegal in parts of uttarakhand ..
Kenny Leelarom (2 месяца назад)
You don't know anything until u sick in the stage of no cure and this thing is the only thing that help u. This what is happen to me. Modern medication has lost to this in front of me. BTW : i use the one from the mushroom farm. Can't afford to buy from the nature.
MrMoron99 (2 месяца назад)
niiice seeing chinese population ... i dont think they should eat more of those dick medicines ... also ive noticed that all the weird stuff they eat is supposedly prolonging aging, cure cancer, make u fly and give u x-ray vision ... they should start eating each other at this point since they are capable of making a fungus go extinct ...
Mr Larnaca (2 месяца назад)
Thank you for explaning in BEST way.
Anil stha (2 месяца назад)
This type of insect or Plant is found mostly in NEPAL Proud to be NEPALI.( IT BECOMES 6 MONTH INSECT AND 6 MONTHS PLANT)
Eric Palden Lepcha (2 месяца назад)
Thank you for this video. Its really informative. The Ghost moth fungus, is not only found in Tibeten platue but the entire range of the Himalayas close to the tibetan platue, which includes Nepal,some parts of India and Bhutan. The name or the pronuncation of the word Yar-sta-gunbu changes from place to place according to the local dilects. Let me share a popular myth in my place about this medicine, How people started to use this fungus as medicine in our place. In High altitudes where Yak husbandry or Yak rearing was practiced, when the shepards noticed that some of the old yaks were sick or too old to work or move, they used to abonden them to die. But after some days when they came back to the same place, they notice that the Yak didnt die, it used to be full of energy just like before. So these shepards when they noticed the secret that these old yaks or weak yaks never died was because they used to feed on Yar-tsa-gunbu, when ever the shepards abondened such yaks, the yaks used to go and feed on these medicine. So it was believed that the Yaks had the knowledge of this medicine and humans too learned it from them. And as per stated by the video people consume it for the reasons mentioned. As being a native to my place, its a blessing from nature for our people and we like to share our gifts as well, but we wont allow commercialization to destroy what nature has given us.
Honey Dew (2 месяца назад)
it's crunchy
jason licaycay (2 месяца назад)
Ever played * The Last of Us*? Human became zombies due to cordyceps hehehe
dope ktm (2 месяца назад)
Tell me we wanna kill all these baun indian bcuz we asian hate these ppl ....they took over nepal so now our farms......if they come in the mountain we will kill all these indian luking nepalese
Janak Shrestha working for malaysia (2 месяца назад)
Samuel (2 месяца назад)
2:48 You have serious split personality disorder! xD

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