How fungus-farming ants could help solve our antibiotic resistance problem

For the last 60 million years, fungus-growing ants have farmed fungi for food. In their cultivation of those fungi, they’ve successfully relied on bacteria-produced antimicrobial ingredients to protect their crops from other species of parasitic fungi. Now, researchers say they are looking to these ants to find new ways to stop or slow the evolution of antibiotic resistance that now presents a threat to modern medicine.

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