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Asia Pacific Drosophila Research Conference

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Asia Pacific Drosophila Research Conference

What to study?

For Prelims and Mains: About APDRC- objectives and significance, what is Drosophila?

Context: The fifth edition of the Asia Pacific Drosophila Research Conference (APDRC5) is being held at Pune.

  • The conference is being organised in the country for the first time by the Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER).
  • The last four editions of this conference took place in Taipei, Seoul, Beijing and Osaka.

About APDRC:

The Asia Pacific Drosophila Research Conferences (APDRC) are biennial events that aim to promote the interaction of Drosophila Researchers in the Asia-Pacific region with their peers in the rest of the world.

What is Drosophila?

It is a genus of flies, belonging to the family Drosophilidae, whose members are often called “small fruit flies” or (less frequently) pomace flies, vinegar flies, or wine flies, a reference to the characteristic of many species to linger around overripe or rotting fruit.

  • It is one of the most widely-used and preferred model organisms in biological research across the world for the last 100 years. Several discoveries in biology have been made using this.
  • Its genome is entirely sequenced and there is enormous information available about its biochemistry, physiology and behaviour.

Sources: the Hindu.