Why some beetles like alcohol

Alcohol used as a „weed killer“ optimizes the harvest of ambrosia beetles.

If on a warm summer’s evening in the beer garden, small beetles dive into your beer, consider giving them a break. Referred to as “ambrosia beetles,” these insects just want what’s best for themselves and their offspring. Drawn to the smell of alcohol in the cold liquid, the beetles are always on the lookout for a new environment to farm. And alcohol plays an important role in optimizing the agricultural yield of their crops, as an international team of researchers reports in the current issue of the journal PNAS. (Mehr in: Pressemitteilungen – idw – Informationsdienst Wissenschaft)