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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.
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.