To investigate the functional involvement of carotenoid in the insect circadian rhythm, we observed the effect of carotenoid depletion on the hatching patterns of the silkworm under several light conditions. When eggs were transferred from continuous light (LL) to continuous darkness (DD), an overt hatching rhythm was initiated. The first hatching peak, which was observed at 13.2 h after the transfer in the carotenoid-depleted silkworm, was reduced remarkably in both control groups (carotenoid-rich and carote…
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