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Symbiotic bacteria protect hunting wasps from fungal infestation

bacteria caused increased fungal infestations and increased larval mortality ?in fact, little larval survival ?suggesting that the bacteria produce antibiotics that work against pathogenic fungi. These findings broaden our understanding of the evolution and functioning of symbioses that involve protective bacteria, and they may ultimately provide insight into strategies for dealing with antibiotic resistance in our own species's efforts to combat harmful microbes.

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Martin Kaltenpoth, Wolfgang Göttler, Gudrun Herzner, and Erhard Strohm: "Symbiotic Bacteria Protect Wasp Larvae from Fungal Infestation"

The other members of the research team include Martin Kaltenpoth, Wolfgang Göttler, Gudrun Herzner, and Erhard Strohm from the University of Würzburg in Germany.

Publishing in Current Biology, Volume 15, Number 5, March 8, 2005, pages 475?79. http://www.current-biology.com


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