Maintenance of a Drosophila melanogaster Population Cage

Juan Manuel Caravaca, Elissa P. Lei
2016 Journal of Visualized Experiments  
Large quantities of DNA, RNA, proteins and other cellular components are often required for biochemistry and molecular biology experiments. The short life cycle of Drosophila enables collection of large quantities of material from embryos, larvae, pupae and adult flies, in a synchronized way, at a low economic cost. A major strategy for propagating large numbers of flies is the use of a fly population cage. This useful and common tool in the Drososphila community is an efficient way to
more » ... produce milligrams to tens of grams of embryos, depending on uniformity of developmental stage desired. While a population cage can be time consuming to set up, maintaining a cage over months takes much less time and enables rapid collection of biological material in a short period. This paper describes a detailed and flexible protocol for the maintenance of a Drosophila melanogaster population cage, starting with 1.5 g of harvested material from the previous cycle.
doi:10.3791/53756 pmid:27023790 pmcid:PMC4829027 fatcat:caoac2vigvduze4g6kiwxn2wee