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Mutagenic Effectiveness of Known Doses of Gamma Radiation in Combination with Weightlessness on Wasps (P-1079)
Principal Investigator
Research Area:
Developmental biology
Radiation biology
Species Studied
Scientific Name: Habrobracon juglandis Species: Wasp Strain: Lemon


This study was undertaken to survey mature sperm and all stages of oogenesis for mutations, particularly dominant lethality, recessive lethal and visible mutation frequencies, and inherited partial sterility under the combined conditions of radiation and weightlessness.

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Grosch, D.S. et al.: Biological Responses of Habrobracon to Spaceflight. Life Sciences and Space Research: Proceedings of the 12th Plenary Meeting, Prague, Czechoslovakia, May 11-14, 1969, North Holland Publishing, 1970, pp. 6-11.

Grosch, D.S.: Egg Production and Embryo Lethality for Habrobracon from Biosatellite II and Associated Postflight Vibration Experiments. Mutation Research, vol. 9, 1970, pp. 91-108.

Grosch, D.S.: Reproductive Performance of Female Braconids Compared after Brief and Protracted Exposure to Ionizing Radiations. Isotopes and Radiation in Entomology, International Atomic Energy Agency (Vienna), 1968, pp. 377-390.

Grosch, D.S.: The Utilization of Habrobracon and Artemia as Experimental Materials in Bioastronautic Studies. Final Report, NASA CR-114590, 1972.

von Borstel, R.C. et al.: Experiments with Habrobracon and Tribolium on Biosatellite II. Japanese Journal of Genetics, vol. 63, 1968, p. 464.

von Borstel, R.C. et al.: Mutational and Physiologic Responses of Habrobracon. BIOSPEX: Biological Space Experiments, NASA TM-58217, 1979, p. 135.

von Borstel, R.C. et al.: Mutational and Physiological Responses of Habrobracon in Biosatellite II. The Experiments of Biosatellite II, NASA SP-204, 1971, pp. 17-39.

von Borstel, R.C. et al.: Mutational Response of Habrobracon in the Biosatellite II Experiment. Bioscience, Vol. 18 (No. 6):598-601, 1968

von Borstel, R.C. et al.: Mutational Responses of Insects in the Biosatellite II Experiment. Life Sciences and Space Research: Proceedings of the 11th Plenary Meeting, Tokyo, Japan, May 14-16, 1968, North Holland Publishing, 1969, pp. 70-76.

von Borstel, R.C. et al.: The Habrobracon Experiment in the Biosatellite II Spacecraft. Radiation Research, vol. 35, 1968, p. 501.

Cell survival
Dose-response relationship, radiation
Gamma rays
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Data Information
Data Availability
Archive is complete. No data sets are available for this experiment. Please Contact LSDA if you know of available data for this investigation.

Behavior: insect
Chromosome breakage
Morphology, Oocytes, wasp, Microscopy (descriptive)
Mutation rate, lethal-recessive
Radiation, dose, Provided, for study of synergism with weightlessness
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Mission/Study Information
Mission Launch/Start Date Landing/End Date Duration
Biosatellite II 09/07/1967 09/09/1967 2 days

Additional Information
Managing NASA Center
Ames Research Center (ARC)
Responsible NASA Representative
Ames Research Center LSDA Level 3
Project Manager: Helen Stewart
Institutional Support
National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
Alternate Experiment Name
Protocol / Approach