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bloomington media recipe

Howard Rundle hrundle at sfu.ca
Tue Nov 27 17:13:57 EST 2001


Our department is currently in the process of searching for a new 
drosophila media recipe. I am intrigued by the 'Standard Medium' in use at 
Bloomington: http://fly.bio.indiana.edu/bloom-food.htm. This recipe 
includes soy flour and claims to result in a product that is firm and 
resists liquification from heavy larval activity, and also stores well at 
10 -14C. It is also supposed to keep for at least a month if tightly 
plugged. However, they warn that the food is quite thick, even when hot, so 
it may cause problems with some pumps.

I am interested to hear from those who have used this 
recipe?  Specifically, does it stand up to the claims they make and perform 
well? Is it a much bigger hassle to make than the regular cornmeal medium? 
Do obscura group flies do well on it or is it only good for melanogaster?

Any input from users of this recipe would be greatly appreciated 
(rundle at sfu.ca).

Howard Rundle

Howard D. Rundle
Dept. of Biological Science, Simon Fraser University
8888 University Drive, Burnaby, BC
Phone: 604-291-5636; Fax: 604-291-3496
E-mail: hrundle at sfu.ca
Website: www.zoology.ubc.ca/~rundle


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