Insect wings protect against antibiotic-resistant microbes – here’s how!
Scientists at RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia, have recently discovered the mechanism behind the anti-microbial properties of insect wings. Tiny nanopillars on the surface of the wing mechanically impale and destroy bacterial cells. The close proximity of the nanopillars also creates an air pocket, which prevents fungal cells from invading the wing surface. Replicating this nanostructure could instil surfaces with chemical-free anti-microbial properties resilient towards pathogen adaptation.