Wasps may have something to do with yeast flavor variations in alcoholic beverages. Researchers discovered that yeast microbes that lives on grape plants mate and  germinate within wasp guts while the wasps are in hibernation. So, the distinct flavor of regional alcoholic beverages may be due in part to wasps.

 

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Brewer’s yeasts mate inside the guts of hibernating wasps

Now, researchers have found that different strains of the yeast mingle and mate like crazy inside the guts of hibernating wasps. The findings suggest that wasps might help to foster yeast biodiversity, with important implications for ecology and industry.

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