Originally shared by Steven Spence
Very interesting article by Neha Jain on the use of natural anti-microbal “cocktails” by ants.
To test if ants enhance the antimicrobial properties of resin, Chapuisat and his team enclosed worker ants with resin and nest materials, such as twigs and small stones, for two weeks. They found that resin that had been in contact with the ants provided greater protection against the fungus Metarhizium brunneum—which can be deadly—than resin kept away from ants.
Please read the full article on the link on GotScience.org .