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January 2018

Lygaeinae store plant toxins to protect themselves against predators

At the JLU insect biotechnology department (Research Group Petschenka), toxic plant substances are extracted from dried museum specimens by non-destructive methods. This way, up to 100 year old specimens can be used to examine insect species' ecology without losing the valuable specimens. In addition, museum collections represent a rich resource for bioactive natural substances.

For more information:
Dr. Georg Petschenka, Emmy Noether research group leader
Tel. +49 641 99 37603