Animesh Kumar Mohapatra Priyamvada Pandey


In the present study, wild-type Drosophila melanogaster collected from stock culture were sub-cultured in three different types of solid culture media  (corn, barley and wheat) and control medium for two weeks to produce F1 generation. The duration of larval and pupal development, number of pupal cases and hatched flies were scored for first generation. The results were analyzed by using one-way ANOVA, Bonferroni multiple comparison test and paired sample t-test. The control medium showed no pupal cases and hatched flies. Among all the three solid culture media tested, corn meal, barley meal and wheat meal, the latter showed highly significant results at p?0.001 than others. However, this parameter was not affected by the carbohydrate amount in the media. The present investigation is an attempt to evaluate the influence of different formulated solid culture media on the life span and reproduction of fruit flies.


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ANOVA, Drosophila melanogaster, Fecundity, Pupa, Solid culture media

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Mohapatra, A., & Pandey, P. (2018). Fecundity of inbred fruit fly Drosophila melanogaster on different solid culture media: An analysis. Journal of Applied and Natural Science, 10(4), 1109-1114. https://doi.org/10.31018/jans.v10i4.1788
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