There’s an arms race going on in nature—according to Consuelo de Moraes, Professor of Biocommunications at ETH Zurich. In her research, she has discovered some very surprising aspects of plant – insect communications, and some even sneakier gambits in pathogens responsible for diseases such as malaria.

From the ETH Zurich series, The Daily Future conceptually developed for ETH Global by Futurezoo. Aside from editing and motion graphics, all interviews with ETH professors were conducted by Onome Ekeh.

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