Dance of water molecules turns fire-coloured beetles into antifreeze artists

Wednesday, January 2, 2013 - 10:00 in Biology & Nature

Certain plants and animals protect themselves against temperatures below freezing with antifreeze proteins. How the larva of the beetle Dendroides Canadensis manages to withstand temperatures down to -30 degrees Celsius is reported by an international team of researchers. Researcher have shown that interactions between the antifreeze proteins and water molecules contribute significantly to protection against the cold.

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