What is diapause?

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Editor">Editor Staff asked 1 week ago

What is diapause?
(a) Shedding of leaves
(b) Stage of suspended development
(c) Aging in mammals
(d) Programmed cell death
This question was posed to me in a national level competition.
My enquiry is from Organisms and Populations topic in division Organisms and Populations of Biology – Class 12

1 Answers
Editor">Editor Staff answered 1 week ago

The correct choice is (b) Stage of suspended development
Best explanation: Diapause is a stage of suspended development. It is like hibernation in higher animals except it is used to avoid hot, dry summers in tropical areas. It is done by the zooplankton species in lakes and ponds under unfavorable conditions.