Ladybugs can play a key role in the fight against tuberculosis, malaria and drug-resistant strains of Staphylococcus aureus according to scientists from the University of würzburg in Germany.
In laboratory tests, sticky substance produced by Ladybird-karelkina, kills germs of malaria, tuberculosis, and Staphylococcus. The results can be the basis for new antibiotics.
Ladybird harlequin, whose bite causes allergic reaction, through the knee joints can release foul-smelling chemical substance when threatened by predators. This substance, also known as "reflex blood" became widely known thanks to the application of staining furniture.
However, a new study has revealed that the components of this substance are powerful antibiotic. In laboratory tests, German scientists have discovered a compound that fights with 12 species of bacteria, including Escherichia coli, Staphylococcus aureus, drug-resistant, tuberculosis Bacillus. It also proved to be effective against the malaria parasite at low concentrations.
New identified substance harmonine shows a broad antimicrobial activity, but it also destroys the cells of the human body, so cannot be used in pure form.