Antimicrobial properties of secretions from the metapleural glands of Myrmecia gulosa (the Australian bull ant).

@article{Veal1992AntimicrobialPO,
  title={Antimicrobial properties of secretions from the metapleural glands of Myrmecia gulosa (the Australian bull ant).},
  author={D. A. Veal and Joseph E. Trimble and Andrew J. Beattie},
  journal={The Journal of applied bacteriology},
  year={1992},
  volume={72 3},
  pages={188-94}
}
Myrmecia gulosa (Australian bull ant) produce secretions from their metapleural exocrine glands which have broad spectrum antimicrobial properties. Such secretions are probably of importance in disease control in bull ant communities. These antimicrobial secretions are stable at 100 degrees C, resistant to proteolytic enzymes and are active over a wide pH range. Of the organisms tested only endospores of Bacillus cereus were found to be resistant. The antimicrobial agent(s) are absorbed by… CONTINUE READING

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