Congratulations to Dr. Blatch for receiving a Faculty Development Research Grant from Stevenson. Her project will help determine why only some fruit flies are able to survive with little folic acid in their diet.  She and her research students “will test the hypothesis that with little folic acid in the diet, only some fruit flies can survive to adulthood because only some individuals have the “right” kinds of microorganisms living in them, those able to provide folic acid to the flies.”  Consequently, flies inherently lacking microbes that can provide the vitamin die, which causes the higher death rates seen in flies not consuming folic acid.  They will also determine at which developmental stage(s) the flies grow faster and when they are more likely to die when they rely on folates from their microbes. Good luck this semester!