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Experientia

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

Dietary utilization of aliphatic alcohols byDrosophila

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

Summary

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.

Keywords

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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