Research report 2010 - Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology
Digestion and immunity in herbivorous insect larvae
Heckel, David G.; Freitak, Dalial; Pauchet, Yannick; Vogel, Heiko
Entomologie (Prof. David G. Heckel)
MPI für chemische Ökologie, Jena
Herbivorous insects encounter many different types of stresses in their environment. The digestive system must cope with toxins made by their host plants to defend against herbivory, and the immune system must defend against attack by pathogens and parasites. Scientists from the Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology have discovered that these two physiological systems – digestion and immunity – interact in some unexpected ways.
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