, Volume 36, Issue 7, pp 846–847 | Cite as

Dietary utilization of aliphatic alcohols byDrosophila

  • J. Van Herrewege
  • J. R. David
  • R. Grantham


Metabolic utilization was measured by the increase in life duration of adults receiving a low concentration of alcohol as the sole energy source. Flies were able to use primary alcohols as food in the following order: butanol > ethanol > propanol. Methanol and secondary alcohols were not metabolized. These results cannot be explained by considering only the specific activity of alcohol dehydrogenase upon these substrates.


Alcohol Methanol Energy Source Butanol Propanol 
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© Birkhäuser Verlag 1980

Authors and Affiliations

  • J. Van Herrewege
    • 1
  • J. R. David
    • 1
  • R. Grantham
    • 1
  1. 1.Laboratoire d'Entomologie expérimentale et de Génétique, and Laboratoire de BiométrieUniversité Claude BernardVilleurbanne(France)

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