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Ants Use Multiple Antibiotics as Weed Killers

Science & Tech  (tags: ants, actinomycetes, antibiotics, soil, fungal infectionsenvironment, health, research )

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ants use the antibiotics to inhibit the growth of unwanted fungi and bacteria in their fungus cultures which they use to feed their larvae and queen. These antibiotics are produced by actinomycete bacteria that live on the ants in a mutual symbiosis.

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Fiona Ogilvie (565)
Friday August 27, 2010, 11:50 am
Wow. Notthing can beat Mother Nature and natural symbiosis. Thank you, Nancy.

Jill P (64)
Friday August 27, 2010, 2:07 pm
"Its also very exciting that ants not only evolved agriculture before humans but also combination therapy with natural antibiotics. Humans are just starting to realise that this is one way to slow down the rise of drug resistant bacteria - the so called superbugs.
I love this kind of stuff. It knocks the human ego down a few pegs. We re the intelligent animal, right? Then why were ants practicing agriculture long before us?
Brain size does NOT matter.
Anything that shows we are not the center of the Universe is great. We need to get off our egos and know our place.
Bee have a very complicated language second only to humans. so far that we know. Bees or another animal may be even more complex. And yes, I said language.
We just don't know for certain. Our knowldege is very limited. We're still trying to figure things out.
Thanks Nancy!

Nancy M (169)
Friday August 27, 2010, 2:12 pm
Thanks for both your comments.

mr Crowley (23)
Saturday August 28, 2010, 12:34 am
amazing, thanks!

Cindy C (125)
Saturday August 28, 2010, 4:08 am

Michelle Matthews (287)
Saturday August 28, 2010, 9:51 am
Interesting article, thanks

Judy C (97)
Saturday August 28, 2010, 4:07 pm
Thanks for the interesting info, Nancy.

Ann Eastman (31)
Saturday August 28, 2010, 5:40 pm
It is amazing what animals can teach us when we stop and pay attention. Thanks for this fascinating article, Nancy.

Joy W (103)
Sunday August 29, 2010, 1:16 am
Thanks for the interesting info.

Esther W (10)
Monday August 30, 2010, 5:19 pm
fascinating...all God's creatures have purpose and are wondrous.
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