Fly food and strain collection

We keep a large collection of fly strains (4,000 lines) and carry out genome-wide RNAi screens (10,000 VDRC lines); therefore our fly food needs are considerable. We have a setup for large-scale food preparation that includes a 150 l steam kettle with built-in stirrer, a peristaltic pump, and a robotic food dispenser. With this setup, Dagmar Schmid and Ruzica Barisic produce our weekly fly food supply in a single day; they also maintain our strain collection.