Living On Uric Acid

Brown Plant Hopper
Photo: IRRI

The brown planthopper, Nilaparvata lugens is a pest of rice, feeding on phloem and transmitting plant viruses. Phloem is rich in sugars but poor in amino acids and proteins. The amino acids in the plant sap are not balanced in the proportions needed by the planthopper. The plant hopper consumes excess of some amino acids. The nitrogen from those amino acids is processed into uric acid. Unlike other insects that eliminate the uric acid as waste, the plant hopper…

Source: Living With Insects Blog

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