FLORA AND FAUNA ISSN 2456-9364(Online) 0971-6920(Print)
         
2018 Vol.24 No.1 PP 113-118
EFFECT OF NICOTINE ON SEXUAL BEHAVIOUR OF MUTANT STRAIN (CURLED) OF DROSOPHILLA MELANOGASTER
SHAMIM AKHTER CHOUDHARY
Department of Zoology,
Govt. College for women
Gandhi Nagar, JAMMU (J.K.), INDIA
*Corresponding Author :
E mail- drshamimch05@gmail.com
ABSTRACT
In the present study, an attempt was made to study the effect of plant extract on Sexual behaviour of Mutant Strain (Curled) of Drosophila melanogaster. The LC50 has been estimated with 1% of the food media. The virgin females and males were isolated and fed with normal food media for three days. Then sub-lethal concentrations of 0.625 μl / 100 ml food, 1.2 μl /100 ml food, 2.5μl /100 / food of nicotine were mixed in food medium and allowed in flies to feed for two days. Then appropriate combination of untreated / treated males and females were introduced into the mating chamber. Courtship latency, mating latency and copulation duration were studied. After observation of the behaviour, mated flies were allowed to produce progeny. The sexual behaviour of bachelor male and virgin female obtained in the progeny was also studied. The pooled data were analyzed by student t-test and the result indicates p-value significant at 0.05 levels. The courtship latency was affected by in treatment but it is neither dose dependent nor sex dependent.

Key words : Curled, Drosophila melanogaster, Nicotine, Sexual behaviour.
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