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Nitric oxide radicals are emitted by wasp eggs to kill mold fungi

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Strohm, Erhard ; Herzner, Gudrun ; Ruther, Joachim ; Kaltenpoth, Martin ; Engl, Tobias
Date of publication of this fulltext: 03 Jul 2019 15:29


Detrimental microbes caused the evolution of a great diversity of antimicrobial defenses in plants and animals. Insects developing underground seem particularly threatened. Here we show that the eggs of a solitary digger wasp, the European beewolf Philanthus triangulum, emit large amounts of gaseous nitric oxide (NO center dot) to protect themselves and their provisions, paralyzed honeybees, ...


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