Insects use antibacterial secretions to protect young

Scientists have confirmed that so-called burying beetles coat their young’s food with an antibacterial substance to guarantee their survival.

Burying beetles lay their eggs on the carcasses of small animals, such as birds and rodents.

The researchers show that without the anti-microbial secretions the young fail to gain weight and die.

The results were presented the 13th Congress of the European Society for Evolutionary Biology.

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