An insect pupal cell with antimicrobial properties that suppress an entomopathogenic fungus.

Abstract

Soil-dwelling insects have developed various mechanisms to defend against pathogen infection. The pecan weevil, Curculio caryae, spends two to three years in the soil inside an earthen cell. We hypothesized that the cell may possess antimicrobial properties. In a laboratory study, we tested the hypothesis using the fungus Beauveria bassiana as a model. B… (More)
DOI: 10.1016/j.jip.2014.12.003

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