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Insect-eating mushroom could produce new antiviral and cancer drugs

Insect-eating mushroom could produce new antiviral and cancer drugsIn a new study, researchers grew cordyceps mushrooms on six different kinds of insects. They found that mushrooms grown amid high levels of oleic fatty acid contained the most cordycepin, a potential therapeutic agent with antiviral and anticancer properties.Read the Article

Edible Insects and Sustainable Development Goals – PubMed

Edible Insects and Sustainable Development Goals - PubMedThe insect sector can become an important component of sustainable circular agriculture by closing nutrient and energy cycles, fostering food security, and minimising climate change and biodiversity loss, thereby contributing to SDGs. The high levels of the interaction of the insect sector with the…Read the Article

New breakthrough in research into old insect exoskeletons

New breakthrough in research into old insect exoskeletonsResearchers have isolated genetic material from exuviae (discarded exoskeletons) left after insects like cicadas molt. The researchers tested five different methods of amplifying the DNA sample by PCR, and were able to isolate nuclear DNA of good enough quality for repetitive loci known as microsate…Read the Article

New antifungal compound from ant farms

New antifungal compound from ant farmsAttine ants are farmers, and they grow fungus as food. Pseudonocardia and Streptomyces bacteria are their farmhands, producing metabolites that protect the crop from pathogens. Surprisingly, these metabolites lack common structural features across bacteria from different geographic locations, even t…Read the Article