Methods for the Study of Transport and Control in Insect Hindgut

  • J. W. Hanrahan
  • J. Meredith
  • J. E. Phillips
  • D. Brandys
Part of the Springer Series in Experimental Entomology book series (SSEXP)


The hindgut plays a central role in renal function and osmoregulation in most insects. This organ selectively reabsorbs solutes and water from “primary urine” which is secreted into the gut lumen by Malpighian tubules. The rectum of the desert locust Schistocerca gregaria has been studied in some detail in an attempt to understand the physiology of excretion and to learn more about insect ion transport mechanisms at the cellular level (Hanrahan 1982; Phillips 1981). Sodium, potassium, chloride, water, amino acids, phosphate, and acetate are all reabsorbed from the rectal lumen into the hemocoel by active mechanisms (reviewed by Phillips 1980, 1981). A variety of preparations have been used in these studies, each having particular strengths and weaknesses.


Malpighian Tubule Desert Locust Tubule Fluid Transepithelial Potential Agar Bridge 
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  • J. W. Hanrahan
  • J. Meredith
  • J. E. Phillips
  • D. Brandys

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