Drosophila : A Guide to Species Identification and Use

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Anyone wishing to tap the research potential of the hundreds of Drosophila species in addition to D.melanogaster will finally have a single comprehensive resource for identifying, rearing and using this diverse group of insects. This is the only group of higher eukaryotes for which the genomes of 12 species have been sequenced.

The fruitfly Drosophila melanogaster continues to be one of the greatest sources of information regarding the principles of heredity that apply to all animals, including humans. In reality, however, over a thousand different species of Drosophila exist, each with the potential to make their own unique contributions to the rapidly changing fields of genetics and evolution. This book, by providing basic information on how to identify and breed these other fruitflies, will allow investigators to take advantage, on a large scale, of the valuable qualities of these other Drosophila species and their newly developed genomic resources to address critical scientific questions.
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Product details

  • Spiral bound | 272 pages
  • 198 x 236 x 16mm | 698.54g
  • Academic Press Inc
  • San Diego, United States
  • English
  • Approx. 200 illustrations; Illustrations, unspecified
  • 0124730523
  • 9780124730526

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"The book treats this much researched organism in a succient and well-presented manner...highly recommended..."
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Table of contents


Part 1: How to look at flies

Chapter 1: Phylogenetic relationships of Drosophilidae

Chapter 2: Morphological characters

Chapter 3: Key to species

Part 2: How to collect wild flies

Chapter 4: Collecting Drosophila in the wild

Chapter 5: Distribution

Chapter 6: Handling wild-caught specimens

Part 3: How to use living flies

Chapter 7: Life history variation

Chapter 8: How to use ecological and life history information to rear flies

Chapter 9: Dietary considerations

Chapter 10: Avoiding experimental artifacts: using information about life history and other differences in experimental design

Chapter 11: Troubleshooting

Part 4: Resources

Chapter 12: Links to sources for supplies and equipment

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About Therese A. Markow

By Dr. Therese A. Markow and Dr. Patrick O'Grady
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