Effect of a virus on adult house fly food intake

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House fly is a major problem world wide. It vectors pathogens of humans, food products, and domestic animals. A newly discovered virus attacks the salivary glands of adult flies of both sexes. The pathology of the virus is that it prevents females from producing eggs and prevents mating in both sexes. Internally it causes hypertrophy or enlargement of the salivary glands. In order to produce the numerous virions essential for transmission, a considerable amount of energy in the form of food intake must be essential. At the moment; no one has studied the effect of the virus on food intake (i.e., increased intake of either sugars or proteins or both). This study will investigate using capillary tubes filled, one with a sugar solution and the other with a milk solution. Individual flies will be housed in plastic cups with the capillaries inserted into the cups for fly intake. Every 24 hrs, using a syringe, the amount of each consumed will be determined. By comparing flies without the virus and those with the virus one can statistically compare the intakes. The hypothesis is that virus infected flies will consume more of both solutions. If one prefers to work with another individual, I will accept two students for the project;

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Stoffolano Lab

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