Protein and carbohydrate intake influence sperm number and fertility in male cockroaches, but not sperm viability.

@article{Bunning2015ProteinAC,
  title={Protein and carbohydrate intake influence sperm number and fertility in male cockroaches, but not sperm viability.},
  author={Harriet Bunning and James Rapkin and Laurence Belcher and C Ruth Archer and Kim Vilbek Jensen and John Hunt},
  journal={Proceedings. Biological sciences},
  year={2015},
  volume={282 1802}
}
It is commonly assumed that because males produce many, tiny sperm, they are cheap to produce. Recent work, however, suggests that sperm production is not cost-free. If sperm are costly to produce, sperm number and/or viability should be influenced by diet, and this has been documented in numerous species. Yet few studies have examined the exact nutrients responsible for mediating these effects. Here, we quantify the effects of protein (P) and carbohydrate (C) intake on sperm number and… CONTINUE READING
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