Encyclopedia of Entomology

2008 Edition
| Editors: John L. Capinera

Uric Acid

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4020-6359-6_2304

The principal form of waste product elimination by insects. Uric acid, a purine, is synthesized by fat bodies from protein nitrogen and nucleic acid nitrogen. It is excreted from the Malpighian tubules. Though uric acid is energetically costly to produce, it is very conservative of water, and so aids greatly in water conservation.

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