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Metamorphosis of imaginal discs of Drosophila melanogaster


Imaginal discs ofDrosophila melanogaster larvae, 24–53 hrs after oviposition, were transplanted into mature immobile larval hosts. The transplants did not respond to the hormonal stimuli of metamorphosis, but instead completed their larval development. When reinjected into mature larval hosts, they now differentiated the full set of their presumptive imaginal structures. The process of acquiring competence for metamorphosis appears to be independent of the hormonal conditions.

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Supported by a credit of the Swiss National Foundation granted to Prof. Dr. E. Hadorn. I thank Dr. R. Nöthiger for his valuable criticism during this investigation.

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Mindek, G. Metamorphosis of imaginal discs of Drosophila melanogaster. W. Roux' Archiv f. Entwicklungsmechanik 169, 353–356 (1972).

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  • Developmental Biology
  • Larval Development
  • Hormonal Condition
  • Imaginal Disc
  • Larval Host