Locusts increase carbohydrate consumption to protect against a fungal biopesticide.

@article{Graham2014LocustsIC,
  title={Locusts increase carbohydrate consumption to protect against a fungal biopesticide.},
  author={Robert I. Graham and Juliane M. Deacutis and Tamara Pulpitel and Fleur Ponton and Stephen J. Simpson and Kenneth Wilson},
  journal={Journal of insect physiology},
  year={2014},
  volume={69},
  pages={27-34}
}
There is growing evidence to suggest that hosts can alter their dietary intake to recoup the specific resources involved in mounting effective resistance against parasites and pathogens. We examined macronutrient ingestion and disease-resistance in the Australian plague locust (Chortoicetes terminifera), challenged with a fungal pathogen (Metarhizium acridum) under dietary regimes varying in their relative amounts of protein and digestible carbohydrate. Dietary protein influenced constitutive… CONTINUE READING