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Did aculeate silk evolve as an antifouling material?

Sutherland, Tara; Sriskantha, Alagacone; Rapson, Trevor D.; Kaehler, Benjamin; Huttley, Gavin Austin


Many of the challenges we currently face as an advanced society have been solved in unique ways by biological systems. One such challenge is developing strategies to avoid microbial infection. Social aculeates (wasps, bees and ants) mitigate the risk of infection to their colonies using a wide range of adaptations and mechanisms. These adaptations and mechanisms are reliant on intricate social structures and are energetically costly for the colony. It seems likely that these species must have...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2018
Type: Journal article
Source: PLOS ONE (Public Library of Science)
DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0203948
Access Rights: Open Access


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