Bugs - Nature's Little Superheroes
Think insects are pests? Think again. Our visually stunning documentary shows how these tiny geniuses can help us solve some of science's biggest problems - from producing biofuels to killing drug-resistant bacteria and curing cancer.
Insects are the most diverse group of animals on the planet, making up more than 90 percent of the animals on Earth. We find them on all continents and in all climate zones. Nature has equipped them with an amazing range of tricks. Some of them protect their bodies by producing the strongest materials on earth. Others have the most effective immune systems of the animal kingdom - far better than ours. Wouldn't it be great to learn some of their tricks? Researchers are applying some of them to everyday medical problems, developing super-antibiotics, anti-cancer medications and enzymes that will turn waste products into energy. Using custom-made cameras and special filming techniques, this film shows us how the pharmaceuticals and food industries, agriculture and chemical companies are learning from the realm of insects