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help with food

delidakis at nefeli.imbb.forth.gr delidakis at nefeli.imbb.forth.gr
Sun May 21 21:41:14 EST 1995

Dear Drosophilists

The fly group in the IMBB is facing a serious food problem and we'd be very
greatful if you had any suggestions on how to solve it. Basically, our 
food works fine if the stock/cross is healthy and we put a good number
of females per vial (6-8 rather than the 1-2 suggested in Kathy Matthews'
recent posting). However, when we go down to 1-3 females of a not so
vigorous strain, the culture becomes overrun by some sort of slime, which
is probably bacteria. A few eggs and 1st instar larvae are usually seen
dead in the slime. The only way to prevent this infection is to add
tetracyclin in the food (final concentration 1 ug/ml), but I was wondering
if there was a solution that doesn't involve the use of antibiotics. So,
if you have any modifications on the following recipe, we'd like to try them:

Per 3 litres of water we use:
70 g  sugar (sucrose)
170 g  yeast (baker's yeast cake previously autoclaved to make sure it's
30 g  agar
200 g  cornflour
+ 50 ml of 10% Nipagin (0.17% final)

The food is usually used fresh (<4 days after cooking - meanwhile stored
in the coldroom).

Thank you for your help
Christos Delidakis
Inst. of Molecular Biology & Biotechnology
Heraklion, Greece

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