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The adult dipteran crop: a unique and overlooked organ.
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PMID:  23317042     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
The diverticulated crop is a unique and overlooked foregut organ in the Diptera that affects many physiological and behavioral functions. Historically, the crop was viewed simply as a reservoir for excess nutrients. The crop lobes and crop duct form an elaborate sphincter and pump system that moves stored nutrients to the crop lobes, oral cavity, and the midgut. The storage capacity of the crop lobes is significant when filled maximally and supplies sufficient carbohydrates to sustain prolonged activity and flight, and adequate protein and lipids to facilitate reproductive events. Crop emptying is under complex neuroendocrine and neural control and may be influenced by multiple neuromessengers, such as serotonin and dromyosuppressin. The crop lobes also serve as a site for the initial mixing of enzymes from the salivary glands and antimicrobials from the labellar glands with ingested food. These food-processing functions are associated with behaviors unique to dipterans, such as regurgitation (or bubbling), nuptial gift giving, and substrate droplet deposition or trap-lining.
John G Stoffolano; Aaron T Haselton
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Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Annual review of entomology     Volume:  58     ISSN:  1545-4487     ISO Abbreviation:  Annu. Rev. Entomol.     Publication Date:  2013 Jan 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2013-01-15     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0372367     Medline TA:  Annu Rev Entomol     Country:  United States    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  205-25     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Plant, Soil and Insect Sciences, Division of Entomology, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Massachusetts 01003; email:
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