, Volume 107, Issue 2, pp 194-200

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

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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.

Communicated by C. Auerbach