Martin, Michael M.
Ingested Fungal Enzymes in Arthropod Biology
Aims and Scope
Arthropods that eat wood, foliage, and detritus have difficulty in digesting the cellulose in their food. A remarkable biological mechanism allows some species to overcome this problem: in eating fungal tissue they ingest cellulolytic enzymes that allow them to exploit the potential nutritive value of plant fiber. Michael M. Martin, a chemical ecologist, here describes his laboratory investigations that led to the discovery of this phenomenon and explores the insights they have produced.
- 176 pages
- CORNELL UNIVERSITY PRESS