First Evidence Found for Photosynthesis in Insects - Aphids may have a rudimentary sunlight-harvesting system

  • metta

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    Aug 18, 2012 12:54 AM GMT
    First Evidence Found for Photosynthesis in Insects
    Aphids may have a rudimentary sunlight-harvesting system

    http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=first-evidence-found-insect-photosynthesis
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    Aug 18, 2012 12:56 AM GMT
    I wonder if that's why the Incredible Hulk was green.
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    Aug 18, 2012 3:01 AM GMT
    paulflexes saidI wonder if that's why the Incredible Hulk was green.


    Hulk mad.
    Hulk smash.
    Hulk go green.
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    Aug 18, 2012 3:06 AM GMT
    That's revolutionary if it's actually true. That can change the whole food chain/cycle, maybe even figure out a way for humans to do that. End world hunger through human photosynthesis :S We can dream at least.
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    Aug 18, 2012 3:06 AM GMT
    Bullwinklemoos said
    paulflexes saidI wonder if that's why the Incredible Hulk was green.


    Hulk mad.
    Hulk smash.
    Hulk go green.
    He bought a Prius?
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    Aug 18, 2012 3:07 AM GMT
    MarkRoger saidThat's revolutionary if it's actually true. That can change the whole food chain/cycle, maybe even figure out a way for humans to do that. End world hunger through human photosynthesis :S We can dream at least.
    It's all in the DNA. Give scientists a few more hundred years and it could be a reality. icon_wink.gif
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    Aug 18, 2012 3:18 AM GMT
    really really interesting, although I am a little skeptical of the tactic of putting them in the dark and measuring ATP levels... it does not seem like a good enough treatment to deduce that the light is causing decreased ATP production. for example perhaps a hormone is produced in low light/darkness that slows energy production (while the insect sleeps)... ? hard to tell without having the actual paper's methods detailed but it's an interesting finding for sure
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    Aug 18, 2012 3:32 AM GMT
    This is something I've intertwined into the fiction still embedded in my head. :-) sorta.
  • TheBizMan

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    Aug 18, 2012 6:18 AM GMT
    Aphids are cute :3
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    Aug 18, 2012 6:42 AM GMT
    awww I wanna freeze a bunch of aphids and smash them with a hammer =D =D =D!!!!!
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    Aug 18, 2012 7:16 AM GMT
    We are a little photosynthetic too, aren't we? We make Vitamin D from sunlight.
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    Aug 18, 2012 9:30 AM GMT
    Jaxe saidWe are a little photosynthetic too, aren't we? We make Vitamin D from sunlight.


    This is exactly what ran through my head. I don't know much about the process though. Anyone educated enough on this one to shed some light? icon_lol.gif

  • Aug 18, 2012 10:53 AM GMT
    KentuckyTuss said
    Jaxe saidWe are a little photosynthetic too, aren't we? We make Vitamin D from sunlight.


    This is exactly what ran through my head. I don't know much about the process though. Anyone educated enough on this one to shed some light? icon_lol.gif


    Well, photosynthesis is the process of converting abiotic mass into energetic biomass with the help of light.

    Vitamins don't contain energy in that way. Plus, Vitamin D can also be ingested.
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    Aug 18, 2012 11:29 AM GMT
    Nice article. Thanks for sharing. Maybe we can insert these genes and change colors according to our environmental conditions also... green for cool weather, orange for good eating, white for overpopulation.... hmmmm would men be born without mouth parts then?
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    Aug 20, 2012 5:55 AM GMT
    Photosynthesis is nice, but did you know that some Aphids are able to reproduce asexually?
  • TheBizMan

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    Aug 20, 2012 8:29 AM GMT
    JackBlair69 saidObama Gives $50 Billion to Aphids for Green Energy Initiative


    I kinda wanna stab you in a non-life threatening part of your body.

    GO AWAY!
  • Lincsbear

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    Aug 20, 2012 2:50 PM GMT
    Fascinating. It`s plausible it`s a back up system when conventional food runs low; a survival/evolutionary advantage.

    It`s all the little, unregarded creatures that keep this world alive.
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    Aug 20, 2012 3:05 PM GMT
    Lincsbear saidFascinating. It`s plausible it`s a back up system when conventional food runs low; a survival/evolutionary advantage.

    It`s all the little, unregarded creatures that keep this world alive.


    And carnivorous plants (like the Venus flytrap) evolved in areas with low soil quality. So they eat insects to gain nutrients.

  • metta

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    Aug 21, 2012 10:23 PM GMT
    Aphids use light to produce ATP, but they are not making photosynthesis

    http://theaphidroom.wordpress.com/2012/08/21/aphids-use-light-but-they-are-not-doing-photosynthesis/