i5K: Mediterranean fruit fly
Mediterranean fruit fly (Ceratitis capitata)
Mediterranean fruit fly
Contact: Al Handler
Researchers involved: 20
Size (or size of nearest relative): 280 MB
Keywords (and why important): Evolutionary branching, (agriculture, model organism).
No genome information of primitive hymenoptera (Symphyta, sawfly) is available vs higher suborder (Apocrita, Apis, Nasonia etc.). This species is a hymenopteran model maintained in laboratory through year.
Tools such that transgenesis, systemic RNAi, artificial egg activation, artificial fertilization by cryopreserved sperm injection, etc. are established.
DNA from a single haploid male (10-15 icrogram/male) and from haploid offspring from a single mother (30-50 males) are available anytime.