Bioassays for Measuring Quality of Insect Food

  • Marcos Kogan
Part of the Springer Series in Experimental Entomology book series (SSEXP)

Abstract

Measurement of food quality requires evaluation of the effects of a diet on physiological processes that maximize progeny production and survival, the key parameters of fitness (Williams, 1966). Slansky (1982) suggested that the amount, rate, and quality of food consumed by larvae affected growth rate, developmental time, final body weight, movement, and survival. Amount, rate, and quality of food for adults influence fecundity, longevity, movement, and competitive ability. Larval food quality may additionally affect pupal and adult phenotypic characteristics. Obvious effects of inadequate larval diets are pupal distortions and wing malformations in the imago. For example, such effects characterize the toxicity of L-canavanine to Manduca sexta L., the tobacco hornworm (Rosenthal and Dahlman, 1975).

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Biomass Combustion Sucrose Corn Acetone 

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  • Marcos Kogan
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  1. 1.Illinois Natural History Survey and University of Illinois at Urbana-ChampaignUrbanaUSA

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