Document Type

Article

Journal/Book Title/Conference

Journal of Invertebrate Pathology

Volume

12

Issue

3

Publisher

Academic Press Inc.

Publication Date

12-1-1968

First Page

278

Last Page

282

Abstract

Normal, healthy prepupae of the alkali bee, Nomia melanderi, produce a bacteriostatic substance capable of inhibiting the growth of a number of gram-positive and gram-negative bacteria. The inhibitory agent is found in the integument of prepupae and is absent in intern al organs. Gas-liquid chromatographic analysis determined the substance to consist primarily of saturated 16-and 18-carbon fatty acid chains and one monounsaturated 18-carbon chain. Data presented in the paper provide information relative to conditions necessary for microbial infections in prepupae of N. melanderi.

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