Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science

Degree Discipline



The effects of low temperature upon organisms with special emphasis on insects have been an open field for research since the early part of 1800. The opinions of various workers agree that insect freezing has not been studied extensively as plant freezing. The large economic losses from tender plants and the consequent desire to develop hardy varieties have no counterpart in applied entomology with the exception of some work concerning the insecticidal effects of low temperature over given periods of time.

The Drosophila is ideally suited for experimental work and particularly where one is concerned with the relation of temperature tolerance of insects. For many years Genetists claim this insect as being the best specimen for use in the field of Genetics due to its reproductive ability, variation, and response to diferent conditions. Numerous of these experiments have been concerned with the effects of low and high temperatures on various characteristics of the Drosophila. It is also believed that the Drosophila is ideal for other experimentation.

Committee Chair/Advisor

Thomas P. Dooley


Prairie View A&M College


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Date of Digitization


Contributing Institution

John B Coleman Library

City of Publication

Prairie View





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