The Use of Drosophila Melanogaster for In Situ Biomonitoring

  • Lawrence G. Harshman
  • Bruce D. Hammock
Part of the Environmental Science Research book series (ESRH, volume 38)


Drosophila melanogaster was the principal organism used for the development of diploid transmission genetics at the beginning of the century and more recently has been the subject of pivotal studies on eucaryote gene regulation, development and behavior. D. melanogaster is potentially valuable for in situ biomonitoring because it is convenient to test different life stages, it can be used for a multi-faceted analysis of environmental genotoxins and a rapidly expanding base of information on its molecular genetics facilitates the development of new methods for bioassays.


Insecticide Resistance Mutation Test Chemical Mutagen Human Health Hazard Counting Device 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Lawrence G. Harshman
    • 1
  • Bruce D. Hammock
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Entomology and Department of GeneticsUniversity of CaliforniaDavisUSA
  2. 2.Burroughs Wellcome Toxicology Scholar Department of Entomology and Department of Environmental ToxicologyUniversity of CaliforniaDavisUSA

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