Time required for Drosophila males to exhaust the supply of mature sperm

Demerec, M., Kaufmann, B. P. (July 1941) Time required for Drosophila males to exhaust the supply of mature sperm. American Naturalist, 75 (759). pp. 366-379. ISSN 0003-0147

URL: http://www.journals.uchicago.edu/doi/abs/10.1086/2...
DOI: 10.1086/280971

Abstract

Males treated with 3,000 r-units were repeatedly mated on the day of the treatment, on the sixth day, the seventh day, the twelfth day and the nineteenth day thereafter. A drop in the percentage of dominant lethals was not observed until the nineteenth day, indicating that the sperm which was immature at the time of the treatment does not become available until some time after 12 days. Our evidence indicates that individual males vary considerably and suggests that the less affected sperm becomes available between 15 and 19 days after treatment, provided the sperm which was mature at the time of treatment has previously been used. When males copulated for the first time on the nineteenth day after the treatment two copulations did not exhaust the old sperm. The data show that the fully matured sperm available for immediate transfer may become exhausted in a few consecutive matings.

Item Type: Paper
Subjects: organism description > animal > insect > Drosophila
CSHL Authors:
Communities: The Carnegie Institution Department of Genetics
Depositing User: Matt Covey
Date: July 1941
Date Deposited: 24 Jan 2018 17:37
Last Modified: 24 Jan 2018 17:37
URI: http://repository.cshl.edu/id/eprint/35892

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