Molecular and General Genetics MGG

, Volume 107, Issue 2, pp 194–200

The genetics of chemotaxis in Drosophila melanogaster: Selection for repellent insensitivity

  • Hans Joachim Becker

DOI: 10.1007/BF00333634

Cite this article as:
Becker, H.J. Molec. Gen. Genetics (1970) 107: 194. doi:10.1007/BF00333634


In a Y-unit maze wild-type flies of Drosophila melanogaster were tested for their chemotactic behavior reactions to insect repellents. Selection over 12 generations in two parallel experiments yielded two insensitive lines. Crosses indicated that the genes that were responsible for insensitivity were at least in part dominant. Lines selected for insensitivity to one repellent were also insensitive to a second repellent.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Hans Joachim Becker
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  1. 1.Zoologisches Institut der Universität MünchenMunichGermany