Testing Effects of Vespa Amino Acid Mixture

Research in Action: Testing the Effects of Vespa Amino Acid Mixture

Caitlin Linville and Monica Kaur, junior nursing majors, are studying the effects of Vespa Amino Acid Mixture (VAAM), an amino acid mixture derived from the saliva of giant Japanese hornet larva, on house flies. The mixture in wasps enables extraordinary endurance that allows for longer foraging intervals. The research team is testing to see if those higher levels of endurance appear in flies who have been given VAAM.