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Biochemical Ecology of Canavanine-Eating Seed Predators

Show simple item record Bleiler, John A. Rosenthal, Gerald A. Janzen, Daniel H. 2019-01-21T22:37:44Z 2019-01-21T22:37:44Z 1988-04
dc.description.abstract L-canavanine, a nonprotein amino acid structurally similar to L-arginine, is potentially toxic to many insects. In northwestern Guanacaste Province in Costa Rica, most insect seed predators do not feed on seeds that contain canavanine. However, several larval Coleoptera have become specialists on canavanine-containing seeds. Three of these beetles were compared with a number of other insects with regard to their biochemical ability to deal with and utilize L-canavanine. Our analyses revealed that certain biochemical capacities required by canavanine-feeding insects may have existed prior to their exposure to dietary canavanine. Key words: at~r:inase; es_CR
dc.language.iso en es_CR
dc.subject at~r:inase; biochemical ecology; Bruchidae; Curculionidae; L-canavanine; plant-herhil'ore interaction; urease. es_CR
dc.title Biochemical Ecology of Canavanine-Eating Seed Predators es_CR
dc.type Article es_CR

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