Environmental Factors Influencing Progeny Yields in Drosophila

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Science  01 Jul 1960:
Vol. 132, Issue 3418, pp. 34-35
DOI: 10.1126/science.132.3418.34


Progeny counts in Drosophila melanogaster were found to be correlated with barometric pressures. Addition of a sublethal chemical to the culture produced a higher correlation coefficient, whereas growth of the culture in an electric field reduced the correlation well below the level of significance. The electric field appeared to have a protective action.