Issue Date: June 15, 2009
Glucose Derivative Takes Down Termites
Something as simple as a modified sugar could help knock out termites and lead to a general nontoxic form of pest control, according to a new report (Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA, DOI: 10.1073/pnas.0904063106). Gram-negative bacteria binding proteins (GNBPs) are receptors in insect immune systems that alert the creatures to the presence of pathogens. Although GNBPs share features with bacterial β-glucanases, which are enzymes that digest glucans, biologists thought that the insect proteins . . .
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