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The influence of housefly Musca domestica embryo age on viability in water and at low temperatures.

Authors
  • Cičková, H
  • Kozánek, M
  • Takáč, P
Type
Published Article
Journal
Medical and veterinary entomology
Publication Date
Mar 01, 2014
Volume
28
Issue
1
Pages
70–76
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1111/mve.12025
PMID: 23909835
Source
Medline
Keywords
License
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Abstract

The sensitivity of housefly Musca domestica L. (Diptera: Muscidae) embryos to storage at low temperatures (5 and 10 °C on moist sponges in Petri dishes) and in water at 26 °C was investigated to develop suitable protocols for the storage and transport of housefly eggs. The youngest embryos (aged 0-3 h) were the most sensitive to storage at 5 °C, with 45% survival after storage for 24 h. Storage of embryos aged 3-12 h at 5 °C for 24 h had no negative effect; longer storage resulted in significantly decreased larval survival (30-34% after 48-72 h, compared with 61% in the control group) and reduced hatching rates (83% after 72 h storage). No negative effects were observed when embryos aged 0-9 h were stored at 10 °C for 24 h, but this temperature did not completely inhibit development and eggs began to hatch if stored for longer than 24 h. All age groups of embryos showed high mortality after storage in water at 26 °C for 24 h, with the youngest embryos being least resistant to submersion.

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