Sugarcane pest produces foam to protect itself from heat

Posted by on May 31, 2018 3:46 pm
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Brazilian researchers found that the root spittlebug nymph produces bubbles by feeding on sap, to form a thermal insulator foam that maintains an optimal body temperatures during development. Knowledge of the foam’s physical and chemical properties can pave the way for research on compounds that could destabilize the bubbles and eliminate the pests’ nymphs in the process.

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