Lateral Transfer of Genes from Fungi Underlies Carotenoid Production in Aphids

  title={Lateral Transfer of Genes from Fungi Underlies Carotenoid Production in Aphids},
  author={N. Moran and Tyler Jarvik},
  pages={624 - 627}
  • N. Moran, Tyler Jarvik
  • Published 2010
  • Biology, Medicine
  • Science
  • Pink for Me, Green for You Aphids come in different colors, a critical issue when fate is a question of pigmentation: Red aphids tend to be consumed by ladybugs and green ones by parasitic wasps. Aphid color is determined by carotenoids, the same group of chemicals that make flamingos pink. But unlike flamingos, which have to eat colored food to stay pink, aphids make their own pigment. Carotenoids are vital to animals, not only because of their decorative possibilities but also for their… CONTINUE READING
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