TECHNOLOGIES AND RESOURCES
We have developed the flyPAD (fly Proboscis and Activity Detector) to monitor the feeding behavior of individual Drosophila in an automated and high resolution fashion. The method relies on capacitance measurement of the interaction of the fly with the food (similar to your everyday touch screen) and is easily scalable.
A key tool for our studies on the impact of nutrients on the behavior of the animal is a fully chemically defined diet (holidic diet) which allows us to manipulate every nutrient in the diet of the fly at will.
You can find more information in our original paper describing the holidic diet, our newest paper describing an optimized exon matched diet, and you can find detailed protocols in protocols.io