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Insect gravitational biology: ground-based and shuttle flight experiments using the beetle Tribolium castaneum
External Online Source: doi:10.1002/jez.1402690309
Author and Affiliation:
Bennett, R. L.(Kansas State University, Division of Biology, Manhattan 66506-4901, United States)
Abbott, M. K.
Denell, R. E.
Spooner, B. S. [Principal Investigator]
Abstract: Many of the traditional experimental advantages of insects recommend their use in studies of gravitational and space biology. The fruit fly, Drosophila melanogaster, is an obvious choice for studies of the developmental significance of gravity vectors because of the unparalleled description of regulatory mechanisms controlling oogenesis and embryogenesis. However, we demonstrate that Drosophila could not survive the conditions mandated for particular flight opportunities on the Space Shuttle. With the exception of Drosophila, the red flour beetle, Tribolium castaneum, is the insect best characterized with respect to molecular embryology and most frequently utilized for past space flights. We show that Tribolium is dramatically more resistant to confinement in small sealed volumes. In preparation for flight experiments we characterize the course and timing of the onset of oogenesis in newly eclosed adult females. Finally, we present results from two shuttle flights which indicate that a number of aspects of the development and function of the female reproductive system are not demonstrably sensitive to microgravity. Available information supports the utility of this insect for future studies of gravitational biology.
Publication Date: Jul 01, 1994
Document ID:
20040112242
(Acquired Oct 05, 2004)
Subject Category: LIFE SCIENCES (GENERAL)
Document Type: Journal Article
Publication Information: The Journal of experimental zoology (ISSN 0022-104X); Volume 269; 3; 242-52
Publisher Information: United States
Contract/Grant/Task Num: NAGW-1197; NAGW-2328
Financial Sponsor: NASA; Washington DC United States
Description: In English
Distribution Limits: Unclassified; Publicly available; Unlimited
Rights: Copyright
NASA Terms: BEETLES; CYTOGENESIS; GRAVITATION; INSECTS; SPACE TRANSPORTATION SYSTEM FLIGHTS; TRIBOLIA; WEIGHTLESSNESS; DROSOPHILA; EMBRYOLOGY; EMBRYOS; FEMALES; LARVAE; PUPA; REPRODUCTION; SPACE SHUTTLE MISSIONS; TIME DEPENDENCE
Other Descriptors: GRAVITATION; OOGENESIS/PHYSIOLOGY; SPACE FLIGHT; TRIBOLIUM/EMBRYOLOGY/PHYSIOLOGY; WEIGHTLESSNESS; ANIMALS; COMPARATIVE STUDY; DROSOPHILA MELANOGASTER; FEMALE; LARVA/PHYSIOLOGY; PUPA/PHYSIOLOGY; REPRODUCTION; SUPPORT, NON-U.S. GOV'T; SUPPORT, U.S. GOV'T, NON-P.H.S; SUPPORT, U.S. GOV'T, P.H.S; TIME FACTORS; NASA DISCIPLINE CELL BIOLOGY; NASA DISCIPLINE DEVELOPMENTAL BIOLOGY; NASA DISCIPLINE NUMBER 93-10; NASA PROGRAM NSCORT; NON-NASA CENTER; FLIGHT EXPERIMENT; STS-54 SHUTTLE PROJECT; STS-57 SHUTTLE PROJECT; MANNED; SHORT DURATION
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