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re: Fruit fly culture

>Date: Fri, 03 Apr 1998 15:50:00 PST
>From: "Dave Lains" <dlains at hotmail_com>
>Subject: Fruit fly culture
>Any thoughts on instant potato media?  I use it occasionally (when I 
>have a large population of flies going) but have inconsistent results 
>with it.  I use one part potatos one part water a teaspoon of sugar and 
>a pinch of yeast but the cultures mold or get covered with bacteria 
>rather quickly and only produce a few flies.  When I use Carolina's 
>media I get hundreds of flies and several generations.  I would like to 
>get the instant media down before I run out of commercial media, help!

You might try adding a tiny amount of yeast to the mixture.  When I added
yeast to my white worm culture, the white bread I was feeding them with
didn't mold as quickly.

David W. Webb           Texas Instruments
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