Think about aphids — those little, green, garden-destroying bugs. The bane of the begonia. But aphids exist in an ecosystem. Which is to say, those little suckers have enemies. When gardeners see aphids, it’s often ladybugs to the rescue.
There is another plague out there right now: the antibiotic-resistant bacteria currently making a home in our health care system that kills thousands each year.
But by thinking like a gardener and looking to the ecosystem those microbes originally came from, we may be able to find new ways to fight them.
For instance, researchers at Vanderbilt University recently unearthed a new kind of chemical compound that may one day help fight off