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see fruit flyfruit fly,
common name for any of the flies of the families Tephritidae and Drosophilidae. All fruit flies are very small insects that lay their eggs in various plant tissues.
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a genus of insects of the family Drosophilidae. The genus consists of small insects (about 3.5 mm long) with a bulging body and, as a rule, red eyes. Drosophila is distributed all over the world, with 25 species in the USSR. It is found everywhere, especially in vegetable and fruit storehouses. The larvae develop mainly in fermenting, frequently semiliquid, plant residues. Because of the ease with which they can be raised in the laboratory, the rapidity of their development, and the distinctness of segregation of species in the offspring, several species, chiefly the common banana fly (D. melanogaster), became a major object of genetics research after the work of the American scientist T. Morgan. Mutagenesis was studied quantitatively in Drosophila, and the first experimental mutations were induced in it. In nature, Drosophila is important as a carrier of yeast fungi.

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The spotted wing drosophila, Drosophila suzukii (Matsumura) (Diptera: Drosophilidae), and the African fig fly, Zaprionus indianus Gupta (Diptera: Drosophilidae), are invasive pests of soft fruit and berries that have recently been introduced to the Americas.
Age-specific survival rate (lx), age-specific fecundity (mx), and age-specific maternity (lxmx) of Drosophila suzukii and Drosophila melanogaster.
Drosophila crosses with virgin parentals are either set up by the instructor (Flagg, 2005) or are ordered from a commercial supplier (Carolina Biological Supply, Burlington, NC or Ward's Natural Science, Rochester, NY).
A human homelogue of the Drosophila Toll protein signals activation of adaptive immunity.
This study will use next-generation CustomSeq resequencing arrays to catalogue genetic variations across 2 large regions of the Drosophila genome and to develop methods to analyze the resulting large-scale genetic variation data.
Topics in Drosophila research that are covered include:
Identification and field evaluation of fermentation volatiles from wine and vinegar that mediate attraction of spotted wing drosophila, Drosophila suzukii.
Next, the researchers will test whether the receptor-braking mechanism they identified in Drosophila is also involved in other organisms like mosquitoes.
One vial of Drosophila stock culture of choice (either the F1 apterous x sepia, the F1 vestigial x sepia, or the F1 vestigial x ebony cross) for each set of ten students.
Geneticists first did the lab fruit fly, Drosophila melanogaster, and have since published reports on another fruit fly species, the malaria mosquito, and the silkworm.
Another scientific advance with considerable relevance for alternatives is the elucidation of fundamental biological processes, especially in the context of embryonic development in nonmammalian species, particularly Caenorhabditis elegans (a free-living nematode), Drosophila melanogaster (fruit fly), Danio rerio (zebraflsh), and Xenopus laevis (African clawed frog).