NEW FAT FUELS FROZEN FLIES

Katie E. Marshall, Brent J. Sinclair

Abstract


Goldenrod gall flies are one of Canada’s toughest animals, and are able to survive freezing of their body fluids. Since the flies can’t eat all winter, we wanted to know what happens to their fat stores following these freezing events. We found a surprise—gall flies have an unusual kind of fat that stays liquid at low temperature and seems to help them survive the winter.


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DOI: https://doi.org/10.13034/jsst.v8i1.49

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