Rebeca Rosengaus also studies termites and is an associate professor in the Department of Marine and Environmental Sciences at Northeastern University.

She told Discovery News: “A variety of insects — both solitary and social — exploit the chemicals of Streptomyces to control parasites and/or pathogens.”

Based on the latest study, which she said is “well thought out and well presented,” Rosengaus agrees that termites should be added to the list of insects with antibiotic powers.