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Use of oven-dried blood for in vitro feeding of tsetse flies

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Comparison of the survival, fecundity and offspring size ofGlossina palpalis palpalis females fed reconstituted over-dried blood, fresh, frozen/thawed, or reconstituted freeze-dried blood showed that oven-drying at 45°C does not diminish the nutritional quality of blood. The significance of this finding is discussed with a view to optimizing costs and conditions of blood-diet storage and transportation in the context of mass-rearing of tsetse flies.

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Kabayo, J.P., Taher, M. & Barnor, H. Use of oven-dried blood for in vitro feeding of tsetse flies. Experientia 44, 802–803 (1988).

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