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Comparative morphology of the postpharyngeal gland in the Philanthinae (Hymenoptera, Crabronidae) and the evolution of anantimicrobial brood protection mechanism

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urn:nbn:de:bvb:355-epub-334982
DOI to cite this document:
10.5283/epub.33498
Herzner, Gudrun ; Weiss, Katharina ; Strohm, Erhard ; Kaltenpoth, Martin
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Abstract

Background Hymenoptera that mass-provision their offspring have evolved elaborate antimicrobial strategies to ward off fungal infestation of the highly nutritive larval food. Females of the Afro-European Philanthus triangulum and the South American Trachypus elongatus (Crabronidae, Philanthinae) embalm their prey, paralyzed bees, with a secretion from a complex postpharyngeal gland (PPG). This ...

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