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Diapause is a preprogrammed form of developmental arrest that allows animals to survive harsh environmental conditions and may also allow populations to synchronize periods of growth and reproduction with periods of optimal temperatures and adequate water and food. Diapause is endogenously controlled, and this dormancy typically begins well before conditions become too harsh to support normal growth and development [1,2]. » MiPNet article

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Diapause versus quiescence

Edited by Gnaiger E
Publications in the MiPMap
Hand SC (2012) Diapause versus quiescence. Mitochondr Physiol Network 2012-11-21.

Hand SC (2012) MiPNet

Abstract: Many insect-oriented researchers do not adequately consider the state of 'quiescence' in their definitions. In actuality, diapause is one end of a continuum and quiescence is at the other end.

O2k-Network Lab: US LA Baton Rouge Hand SC


Organism: Artemia, Crustaceans 

HRR: Theory 

Metabolic state 

» http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Diapause
The definition in Wikipedia does not distinguish diapause from quiescence (quiescence being a dormant state directly induced by application of a harsh environmental condition; e.g., anoxia -- anaerobic quiescence).

  1. Reynolds, Hand (2009) J Exp Biol 212: 2065-2074.
  2. Reynolds, Hand (2009) J Exp Biol 212: 2075-2084.