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      Semolina-jaggery diet in mass rearing of Drosophila melanogaster

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            Nutrition plays a pivotal role in the development of an organism. Drosophila melanogaster is an important model for nutritional research. The nutritional composition of semolina-jaggery diet and its effect on some developmental aspect of Harwich strain D. melanogaster was studied. Semolina- jaggery diet, which are product of wheat endosperm and cane sugar respectively are rich in carbohydrate, protein, and dietary sugars. Semolina-jaggery diet was prepared in 5%, 10% and 15% with corn flour diet as the control group. 15% semolina-jaggery had the highest percentage carbohydrate (15.12±0.30) while highest protein content was recorded in control diet (3.46±0.08). Fecundity of D. melanogaster reared on semolina-jaggery diet varied across days with 5% SJ having the highest mean number of eggs. The 10% SJ recorded the highest mean number of offspring across five generations but was lower to the offspring output of control group in all the five generations. The nutritional composition in the varying percentages of semolina-jaggery diet had significant effect on the egg laying and offspring output of Harwich strain Drosophila melanogaster.

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            ScienceOpen Preprints
            ScienceOpen
            23 August 2022
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            [1 ] Department of Zoology, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria
            [2 ] Department of human physiology, Prince Abubakar Audu Unversity, Kogi state
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            10.14293/S2199-1006.1.SOR-.PPEUOVO.v1
            5d7215f9-17a2-415f-ab45-4bc9a915a170

            This work has been published open access under Creative Commons Attribution License CC BY 4.0 , which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited. Conditions, terms of use and publishing policy can be found at www.scienceopen.com .

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            All data generated or analysed during this study are included in this published article (and its supplementary information files).
            Life sciences
            Harwich strain,Fruit fly,Nutrition,Fecundity,Filial output

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