The fly food kitchen has been successfully modernized and food production streamlined.
An electric mixer for more uniform stirring as well as a thermocouple thermometer to monitor food temperature have been installed in the food kettle. Disposable plastic vials and bottles are universally used by all labs with no increase in food cost. A robotic food dispenser is now used in the facility and has greatly improved the task of measuring and dispensing the food. Agar plates are routinely made using an automatic pipetting machine to dispense. The plates are stored in a coldbox that has been installed in the 15°C environmental room 119 on the first floor of Moffett. Both Drosophila food and agar plates are continually available on a sign out basis from this location.
|Apple Juice plates||each|
|Apple Juice Trays||175 ml each|
|L AGAR Plates||each|
Michael C. Fredericks
Guyot Hall – B2
Moffett Laboratory – 072