Prediction of assimilation efficiency of lepidopterans

Pandian, T. J. ; Peter Marian, M. (1986) Prediction of assimilation efficiency of lepidopterans Proceedings of the Indian Academy of Sciences - Animal Sciences, 95 (6). pp. 641-665. ISSN 0253-4118

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From 206 values reported for over 60 lepidopteran species, it was found that nitrogen content of food shows a significant (P<0.001) and a positive correlation (r=0.704) to assimilation efficiency with standard error of 10·33. Unlike in aquatic animals, water content of food influences assimilation efficiency in these terrestrial lepidopterans; however, the relation between leaf water and assimilation efficiency is also correlated, but the correlation is lower than that (r=0·529; SE=11·8) obtained for leaf nitrogen. Considering the individual effect of water on assimilation efficiency as well as its covarying relation with nitrogen, leaf water was included as a co-predictor. The inclusion of leaf water as a co-predictor of leaf nitrogen content improves the precision of prediction (r=0·868; SE=9·7). The role of digestive reducing substances (e.g. Tannins) on assimilation efficiency was considered as a second co-predictor. Realising the difficulties of considering the digestive reducing substances as a second co-predictor, and observing the closeness of the observed and predicted values in the present study, nitrogen and water contents of leaf are considered as adequate explanatory variables for the prediction of assimilation efficiency.

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Keywords:Assimilation Efficiency; Lepidopteran Species; Leaf Water; Digestive Reducing Substances
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