I know this is more of a research oriented list, as I have lurked here for years, but I am hoping that perhaps you may be able to help me out with a few ideas, links, suggestions etc. for a class I am inheriting this fall. I am going to get to teaching our Department's Developmental Biology course and I am hoping to have a focus on Drosophila development. My questions are as follows:
1. Do any of you know of a source for prepared microscope slides for developmental stages in Drosophila (I have looked at Triarch, Carolina, & Wards but have not found any yet)?
2. I am also looking around for any teaching laboratory exercises I may find so that I may model them and write a laboratory experience that my students will be able to follow in class. The aspects I am looking for include Drosophila reproductive behavior, egg laying behavior, cell/tissue development in the egg and larval stages, and other aspects of the flies behavior/development/growth that I could incorporate into a laboratory experience for a classroom of college students who are biology majors. I am NOT wanting to do a typical genetics lab experience where we look at crosses. Instead I am trying to work on something related more to cell/tissue development.
3. I have also seen a few images (Google search) of photographs of the stages of Drosophila development, but have not been able to locate sources from these images. Does anyone know of a source to purchase books of atlas's of Drosophila development or posters of stages of development?
4. Any ideas or suggestions on other aspects of Drosophila development that maybe I am not thinking about?
Thank you for any consideration you may be able to give my request,
Gary M. Lange
Gary M. Lange, Ph.D.
Department of Biology
Saginaw Valley State University