Coffee Berry Borers Lab Report

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According to Yong, Coffee Berry Borers are beetles that can make holes into coffee berries and lay eggs in the bean itself. The experiment was to see why the Coffee Berry Borer can withstand caffeine while other beetles clearly can’t stand its own with the poisonous caffeine. Ceja-Navarro and his team set up an experiment where they tested the beetles by first examining the feces of their normal diet. Then they promptly fed the beetles with an antibiotic and once again examined the feces. The feces of the beetles that were fed antibiotics was chock full of caffeine. Then, the beetles were given a chance to breed which resulted in failure; most of the eggs and larvae died because of the loss of the microbe. Scientists found HhMAN1
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