Pune is set to host the fifth edition of the Asia Pacific Drosophila Research Conference (APDRC5) which is being organised in the country for the first time by the Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER).
About the Asia Pacific Drosophila Research Conference:
- It is the biennial conference, which is to be held between January 6 and 10 and aims to promote the interaction of Drosophila researchers in the Asia-Pacific region with their peers in the rest of the world.
- The objective of the conference is to bring together scientists from all over the world who use the fruit fly, Drosophila, as a model organism to address basic and applied questions.
- There is a pre-conference symposium called ‘signals from the gut’ in collaboration with the National Centre for Cell Science, as well as a pre-conference microscopy workshop on super-resolution microscopy.
- This will feature microscopes from fluorescence imaging to super-resolution imaging (50 nm resolution) which are vital for certain kinds of fly work.
- The last four editions of this conference took place in Taipei, Seoul, Beijing and Osaka.
- Drosophila is a genus of flies and belonging to the family Drosophilidae, whose members are often called small fruit flies, vinegar flies, or wine flies, a reference to the characteristic of many species to linger around overripe or rotting fruit.
- Males of this genus are known to have the longest sperm cells of any studied organism on Earth and vary widely in their reproductive capacity.
- It is one of the most widely-used and preferred model organisms in biological research across the world for the last 100 years.
- Numerous discoveries in biology have been made using Drosophila as its genome is entirely sequenced and there is enormous information available about its biochemistry, physiology and behaviour.
- The fruit fly has a certain neural circuitry in the brain which helps them in processing bitter taste.