A Fungal Past to Insect Color

@article{Fukatsu2010AFP,
  title={A Fungal Past to Insect Color},
  author={T. Fukatsu},
  journal={Science},
  year={2010},
  volume={328},
  pages={574 - 575}
}
Gene transfer from a fungus to an ancestral aphid is responsible for the insect's red and green coloration. Many animals recognize and respond to the environment, foods, and enemies by making use of visual cues. Hence, animal body color is an ecologically important trait, often involved in prey-predator interactions through mimicry, aposematism (colors that warn), and crypsis (camouflage) (1). In the pea aphid Acyrthosiphon pisum, an insect that destroys plants by feeding on the sap, red and… Expand
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