Monday, 10 February 2014

Grasshoppers are what they eat: New method to extract plant DNA from grasshopper guts sheds light on plant-insect interactions

Date:
February 5, 2014

Source:
American Journal of Botany

Summary:
Grasshoppers cause damage that costs landowners millions of dollars annually; however, grasshopper populations also play a positive role in cycling nutrients from decomposing plant matter back into the soil. A new method to recover high-quality DNA of ingested plant tissue from grasshopper guts can allow scientists to investigate their feeding patterns, and could help illuminate the impact of grasshoppers on plant communities.


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