Researchers have found that cicada wing structure able to kill bacteria on contact.
Researchers find cicada wing structure able to kill bacteria on contact
Below is an enlarged Cicada (P. claripennis) wing surface. Credit: Biophysical Journal, doi:10.1016/j.bpj.2012.12.046 (Phys.org)
A combined team of researchers from Spain and Australia believe their research shows the first known occurence of a natural chitin biomaterial that can kill bacteria on contact. It seems to kill the bacteria through simple surface contact.
(Could this be a natural “cure for Monsanto ruling the world?- editor’s note.
Scientists in Biophysical Journal explained howthe Clanger cicadas have nanoscale sized pillars on their wings that trap and slowly kill bacteria by pulling their cells apart. Sounds like the basis for the next Sci-Fi movie blockbuster.