n African Entomology - Impact of farnesol on the food consumption and utilization, digestive enzymes and fat body proteins of the desert locust Forskål (Orthoptera: Acrididae)

Volume 21, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1021-3589



The food consumption, nutritional indices and the digestive enzymes (protease, invertase, amylase, trehalase and chitinase) of were affected by treatment with farnesol. Treated insects oviposited fewer eggs. The total haemolymph and midgut protein significantly increased in farnesol-treated insects as compared with the control. Protein profiles in the fat body of treated females showed a significant ( < 0.05) change compared with the control females. This change in the intensity might reflect the decline in the synthesis or the increase in the utilization of this protein.

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