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Aphids generate energy

Red pea aphids (Acyrthosiphon pisum); Figure from: Valmalette et al., 2012 In 2010, scientists at the University of Arizona showed that aphids can produce their own carotene. No other animals are known to produce this important antioxidant and must therefore obtain it from their diets. Aphids apparently acquired this ability to produce carotenoids from a fungal…