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first_imgThe Batesville Lady Bulldogs defeated the Switzerland County Lady Pacers at Hillcrest by a score of 183 to 261. In a Three on three match with Oldenburg the Lady Bulldogs won 125 to 167. Meredith McCreary led the Lady Bulldogs with a score of 38. Also for the Lady Bulldogs was Kelly Gole 45 Sarah Ronnebaum 42. Tori Harpring 59 Hanna Slayback 61 and Chloe Murphy 65.  OA Kennedy Hannah shot 48.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Tom Meyer.last_img

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first_img Journal information: Science © 2013 Phys.org Many species of fruit fly (Drosophila) have developed a tolerance for alcohol since they generally feed on decomposing fruits, which can contain up to around 16 percent alcohol, produced by natural yeasts. On the other hand, alcohol is toxic to wasps that parasitize fruit fly larvae (Leptopilina heterotoma and other species). Researchers Balint Kacsoh of Emory University in Georgia and colleagues, had previously shown that D. melanogaster larvae will choose to feed on decomposing fruits to the extent of consuming normally toxic quantities if they are parasitized by wasps. The tiny female wasps parasitize the fly larvae by laying their eggs inside their bodies. When they hatch, the wasp larvae consume the fly larvae from the inside, often killing them. When the fly larvae consumed alcohol, the alcohol would often kill the parasite. Other parasitic wasps parasitize fruit flies during their pupal stage of development.In the new study the researchers provided fruit flies with two food sources, one of which contained six percent alcohol, and one with no alcohol. They then observed the behavior of the fruit flies with and without parasitic wasps of various types being present. They found that in the absence of the the female wasps, the flies tended to prefer (60%) the food source with no alcohol, and these larvae developed into adults at a higher rate. When female wasps were present the flies had a clear preference (90%) for depositing their eggs on the food source containing alcohol. The changed behavior ensured the hatched larvae (maggots) had a ready source of alcohol available to consume, and these larvae fared better than those laid on the no-alcohol food source. The fruit flies’ response to the presence of the parasitic wasps is an example of a behavioral immune response.The fruit flies responded only to seeing the female wasps and did not alter their behavior if only males were present or if other types of parasitic wasps, such as those that parasitize pupae rather than larvae were present. The response required a functioning visual system but mutant flies with no ability to smell still adopted the behavior.These findings demonstrate that the female flies can visually distinguish between the different types and genders of wasps, even though they had been bred in wasp-free laboratory environments for many generations. The researchers also tried cutting short the antennae of the males (which are longer than in female wasps), but the fruit flies were not fooled and continued to ignore their presence.The study also showed the behavioral immune response continued for several days after the wasps were removed, and the adults continued to prefer the alcohol-soaked food source even if the alcohol rate was increased to as high as 16 percent.The team identified neuropeptide F as the controller of the behavioral immune response in D. melanogaster, and thought the response has probably evolved in other species of fruit fly as well. They tested other species and found a correlation between the extent of the modified behavior and the species’ tolerance to alcohol. In species with no tolerance for alcohol the eggs were always laid on the food source without alcohol.The studies show the fruit fly larvae can medicate themselves, and in species that tolerate alcohol well, their mothers take pains to ensure their medication (alcohol) is available to the larvae when they hatch. The new study also identified a gene involved in forming the long-term memory, and found the same gene is also involved in tolerance for alcohol.The paper is to be published in the journal Science on 22nd February. More information: Fruit Flies Medicate Offspring After Seeing Parasites, Science 22 February 2013: Vol. 339 no. 6122 pp. 947-950. DOI: 10.1126/science.1229625ABSTRACTHosts have numerous defenses against parasites, of which behavioral immune responses are an important but underappreciated component. Here we describe a behavioral immune response that Drosophila melanogaster uses against endoparasitoid wasps. We found that when flies see wasps, they switch to laying eggs in alcohol-laden food sources that protect hatched larvae from infection. This change in oviposition behavior, mediated by neuropeptide F, is retained long after wasps are removed. Flies respond to diverse female larval endoparasitoids but not to males or pupal endoparasitoids, showing that they maintain specific wasp search images. Furthermore, the response evolved multiple times across the genus Drosophila. Our data reveal a behavioral immune response based on anticipatory medication of offspring and outline a nonassociative memory paradigm based on innate parasite recognition by the host.Press release Fruit flies use alcohol as a drug to kill parasites Citation: Fruit flies medicate their larvae with alcohol (2013, February 22) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2013-02-fruit-flies-medicate-larvae-alcohol.htmlcenter_img (Phys.org)—A new study in the U.S. shows that fruit flies lay their eggs on a food source with a high alcohol content if they see parasitic wasps in the area, instead of a non-alcohol food. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Explore further fruit flylast_img read more

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first_imgNature in all its glory has been photographed time and time again. The exhibition Trees showcases photographs of one of nature’s oldest guardians captured by the well known photographer Raghu Rai. The show also showcases coloured photographs that have never been exhibited before.The show opens on April 6 at Visual Arts Gallery, India Habitat Centre where it continues for the week and then moves to Art Alive Gallery, Panchsheel Park where it will continue from April 14 to 30. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Commenting on his works, Rai said, “Divine teaching survives and transcends time and the self. My yearning is so obvious, so intense, that my wife Meeta often remarks as she watches me being a maali at our farmland we acquired some two decades ago. While travelling on various assignments as a photographer, I picked up saplings of shrubs and trees and brought them home. He adds, “To my delight, I discovered, over the years, my farm has earth from all over the country. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixI am blessed with this privilege only because of my love for plants, shrubs and trees. On the six acres of canvas that I have been painting with a variety of rare species, I planted a Maple tree (Chinar), which only grows in cold climates like Kashmir; it has now grown into a handsome young tree. Such is the magic of His grace and glory.”When: April 6-12 and April 14 to 30Where: Visual Arts Gallery, India Habitat Centre and Art Alive Gallery, Panchsheel Parklast_img read more

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first_imgMango Mela is here again to treat the fruit connoisseurs of Delhi with an eclectic range of mangoes. Organised by the West Bengal government, the fest that commenced on June 23 at Dilli Haat, INA, is the third edition of Bengal mango festival. Krishnendu Narayan Choudhury, the Minister for Food Processing Industries and Horticulture of West Bengal inaugurated the festival in presence of other dignitaries from West Bengal. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The fest brings together delectable varieties of mangoes from West Bengal’s Malda, Murshidabad and Bankura districts. Varieties of mangoes such as — Himsagar, Laxmanbhog, Langra, Brindabani, Laxmibhog, Gulabkhas, Sitabhog and Fazli were displayed at stalls by the three districts. Himsagar which becomes available only between the second week of June  and the end of June is perhaps the best-loved variety of the royal family. It is also known as Khirspati in Malda. The taste of Laxmanbhog can be savoured from mid-June to 1st week of July. It has a radiating golden yellow skin with reddish tinge.  Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixLangra mangoes are available from second week of June till the end of June. Its sweet-and-sour flamboyant flavour is full of rich pleasure. Brindabani is a sweet flavoured, early variety. This variety has a good demand in the local market. Laxmibhog is a mid-season variety with attractive reddish-yellow skin colour. Fruits are moderately sweet, contains medium fibre with mild flavour.  Gulabkhas is known for its reddish-yellow and bright skin colour. Fruits are sweet, they mature early, contain medium fibre and characteristic flavour. Sitabhog are small, elongated and skin turns yellow when ripe. It is a juicy, fibreless variety and the pulp is medium sweet. Fazli is full of sweet mystery and comes with a lot of juicy pulp, mainly in the end of June till the end of July. Just a couple of them could serve as a full royal repast. Apart from the wide range of mango, Bengal handloom and handicrafts products Bengal such as Nakshi Kantha (traditional needle-craft) apparels, Baluchari embroidered sarees, Shantiniketan embossed leather goods, terracotta costume jewellery, wooden masks and dolls, super-fine mats, hand-printed sarees, clay dolls, dokra craft as well as Bengali books are also on sale at Dilli Haat. The exposition also features a stall from the Agriculture Marketing and Tourism Departments of West Bengal.Cultural soirees will be organised at the amphitheatre of Dilli Haat on June 27 and July 4. Gambhira mask dance of Malda district, Bhatiyali Gaan (songs of the river) and traditional folk music bringing out the vibrant, rich and living cultural heritage of Bengal will turn the evening for visitors even more enjoyable. Also, an extension counter for the sale of Bengal mangoes is being set up at Connaught Place outlet of Oxford Bookstore — Cha Bar. So, go ahead and gorge on to some juicy mangoes!When: On till July 5 Where: Dilli Haat, INATimings: 11:30 – 7 pmlast_img read more