Nutritional Symbionts: Why Some Insects Don’t Have to Eat Their Vegetables

While many animals, like humans, consume a varied diet to get their necessary nutrition, some insects have learned how to cheat the system and can extract nourishment from a nutritionally poor food source through symbioses with microbial symbionts. These symbionts can be different types of bacteria, yeasts, or protozoans and are found in many different insect groups.

Source: Entomology Today

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