DURING investigations into the carbohydrases of insects1 in the winter of 1957–58 it was found that the macerated tissue of the dormant larvae of the wood-boring insect of the species Melandrya striata, found in felled wood of Salix amygdaloides Anderss., contained a considerable proportion of glycerol as revealed by paper chromatography. This preliminary observation indicated that glycerol might be acting as an ‘anti-freeze’,2 a view supported by the observation that the larvae and the adult insects of M. striata did not contain glycerol during summer.
This is a preview of subscription content, access via your institution
Subscribe to this journal
Receive 51 print issues and online access
$199.00 per year
only $3.90 per issue
Rent or buy this article
Get just this article for as long as you need it
Prices may be subject to local taxes which are calculated during checkout
Dubach, P., Pratt, D., Stewart, C. M., and Smith, F. (unpublished).
Salt, R. W., Can. J. Zool., 37, 59 (1959).
Rights and permissions
About this article
Cite this article
DUBACH, P., PRATT, D., SMITH, F. et al. Possible Role of Glycerol in the Winter-Hardiness of Insects. Nature 184, 288–289 (1959). https://doi.org/10.1038/184288b0
This article is cited by
By submitting a comment you agree to abide by our Terms and Community Guidelines. If you find something abusive or that does not comply with our terms or guidelines please flag it as inappropriate.