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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