Lack of lipogenesis in parasitoids: a review of physiological mechanisms and evolutionary implications.

  title={Lack of lipogenesis in parasitoids: a review of physiological mechanisms and evolutionary implications.},
  author={Bertanne Visser and Jacintha Ellers},
  journal={Journal of insect physiology},
  volume={54 9},
The ability of organisms to adapt to fluctuating food conditions is essential for their survival and reproduction. Accumulating energy reserves, such as lipids, in anticipation of harsh conditions, will reduce negative effects of a low food supply. For Hymenoptera and Diptera, several parasitoid species lack adult lipogenesis, and are unable to store excess energy in the form of lipid reserves. The aim of this review is to provide a synthesis of current knowledge regarding the inability to… CONTINUE READING


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