There will be a direct correlation as the ragweed pollen concentration increases, so will the percentage of larvae at the surface. These are my predictions of the overall trend that will appear after I expose the larvae to the pollen.

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This experiment can raise awareness of this onset trend of allergies that are increasing in relation to the changing climate and is fundamental to understanding ragweed pollen’s ability to inflict an allergic reaction in a biological species due to the limited research on global warming’s effect on atopic allergies on live organisms.

This study is unique in analyzing how different proliferative allergens affected by climate change can provoke potential asthma reactions by utilizing fruit flies as a model based system that could add to the medical field in immunology.


The results of this experiment would determine whether the onset of ragweed pollen is in fact a proliferative allergen in drosophila melanogaster, a less complex model species. 

If the results indicate that ragweed pollen has no effect on the innate immune system of larvae, then ragweed pollen is not a proliferative allergen that creates an immunological response in drosophila melanogaster.

Future Directions

There has been an overwhelming lack of research on invertebrates and immunology. There is a common misconception that because invertebrates do not possess an adaptive immune system, they do not produce an inflammatory response. In the future, I would like to explore the effect of antihistamines on silkworms.



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