Fruit flies are often used in scientific experiments because they reproduce so quickly. This study looked at both the lethal and sublethal effects, including larval avoidance, food intake and digestive enzymes. They found that neem induced both behavioral and physiological disruption affecting the ability of the insect to digest food – and that the progeny of insects treated with neem were even more likely to avoid food exposed to neem.
They didn’t carry the experiment to the common flies we find in our backyard but we’re hopeful they carry through — particularly on the avoidance behavior.
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