In a recent post (November 30, 2016), I discussed some of the foundations of Drosophila rearing, and I pointed out that much of the rearing that was done over the past century depended on the early works with Drosophila.  In fact, the modern concepts of insect rearing must have originated in the 1910 paper by Delcourt and Guyenot: “The Possibility of Studying Certain Diptera in a Defined Environment.”  This title, to me, represents and suggests the concept of CONTROLLED REARING.


Baumberger, J. P.  1917a. The food of Drosophila melanogaster Meigen.  Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America: 3: 122-126.

Baumberger, J.P.  1917b. Solid media for rearing Drosophila.  American Naturalist.  51: 447-448.

Delcourt, A. and E. Guyenot. 1910. The possibility of studying certain Diptera in a defined environment. Comptes rendus hebdomadaires des séances de l’Académie des sciences (0001-4036), 151, p. 255-257.

Guyenot, E.  1913a. A biological study of a Drosophila ampelophila Low fly I – The possibility of an aseptic life for an individual and the line.  Comptes rendus des séances de la Société de biologie et de ses filiales (0037-9026), 74, p. 97-99.