Beetles inoculate bamboo with a fungus that consumes the bamboo sugars to feed the beetle larvae!
Microbe of the episode:
Saccharomyces cerevisiae virus L-BC (La)
Video: Lizard beetle laying its egg
In this study, the lizard beetle lays its eggs in bamboo and inoculates the walls of the bamboo with a fungus that provides food to the larvae. Chemical analyses suggest that the fungus only consumes the simple sugars in the bamboo rather than breaking down the tougher polymers, which raises questions about the evolution of this interaction.
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