Drosophila Incubator Drosophila incubator. Fruit flies (Drosophila melanogaster) are popular among researchers for their short lifespan, easy maintenance, and low cost. That makes your Drosophila incubator an essential part of your work. It creates a controlled environment that mimics the fly's natural habitat by manipulating temperature, humidity, and light conditions. But, to do so precisely and reliably, you need a Drosophila incubator that you can trust. Darwin Chambers has been an industry leader in the controlled environment and insect research industry for over 20 years, and in that time has become a trusted name. Call us today at (314) 534-3111 or contact us online to discuss your Drosophila incubator needs today. Applications of the Drosophila Incubator Fruit fly research is popular in a wide variety of applications. Some of the most common include: Genetic Manipulation — Fruit flies have a relatively simple genome, making them a popular model organism for genetic research. Drosophila incubators provide a controlled environment for the breeding and maintenance of genetically modified flies, allowing researchers to study the effects of specific genetic mutations on development, behavior, and disease. Behavioral Studies — The Drosophila incubator also facilitates behavioral studies in fruit flies. Researchers can control the light cycle to study circadian rhythms, sleep patterns, and mating behaviors. The incubator can also be used to study the effect of environmental factors on behavior, such as the effect of temperature on aggression or the effect of humidity on courtship behavior. Drug Screening — Drosophila incubators are also used in drug discovery research. Researchers can use fruit flies to screen large libraries of compounds to identify potential drug candidates for a variety of diseases. The controlled environment of the incubator ensures that the flies are healthy and consistent in their responses to the drugs being tested. Aging Studies — The short lifespan of fruit flies makes them an ideal model organism for aging studies. The Drosophila incubator can be used to study the effect of environmental factors on aging, such as the effect of temperature on lifespan. Neuroscience Research — Drosophila has a well-characterized nervous system, making it an ideal model organism for studying neurobiology. Drosophila incubators are used to maintain a consistent environment for the breeding and maintenance of flies used in various neuroscience experiments, including studies of learning and memory, circadian rhythms, and behavior. Evolutionary Biology — Drosophila has been used extensively in evolutionary biology research. Drosophila incubators provide a controlled environment for the breeding and maintenance of flies, allowing researchers to study the effects of various environmental factors on evolutionary changes in the flies over time. Features of the Drosophila Incubator When choosing a Drosophila incubator, there are several different features you need to take into account to ensure you're getting the best unit for your research needs. Here are some features to look out for: Temperature Control — Temperature control is crucial for fruit fly research as it affects the fly's lifespan, growth rate, and fertility. The incubator should be able to maintain a consistent temperature within a specified range. Humidity Control — Drosophila incubators also provide humidity control to prevent desiccation of the flies. Humidity control is also essential as it affects the fly's development and survival. Light Control — Light control is necessary for regulating the fly's circadian rhythm and controlling photoperiod experiments. The incubator should be able to control light intensity and duration. Capacity — The incubator's capacity will depend on the number of flies you need to house. Consider the number of experimental replicates you'll need and choose an incubator that can accommodate them. Accessibility — The incubator should be easy to access for research, maintenance, and cleaning purposes. Consider the ease of loading and unloading flies and the accessibility of the temperature and humidity controls. At Darwin Chambers, we focus on building Drosophila incubators that take all of your needs into account. Why Choose Darwin Chambers For Your Drosophila Incubator There are good reasons Darwin Chambers is considered an industry leader in the design and manufacture of Drosophila incubators: Quality Quality is reflected in each phase of each project, from the initial quote all the way through the lifespan of your Drosophila incubator. Everyone who works on your incubator will be factory personnel or factory trained, with a deep understanding of the needs of the insect rearing industry. All of our controlled environment rooms and reach-in chambers meant for Drosophila research are ALAAC, OLAW, USDA, NIH-compliant. Our Services In addition to our free technical support, we offer a range of services at additional cost. These include: Preventive maintenance to give you peace of mind Calibration to the National Institute of Standards and Technology so you meet your industry's regulations Validation and qualification to ensure your Drosophila incubator is working as it should Other service plans to ensure your unit is repaired, qualified, and maintained promptly, professionally, and dependably in a way that's easy on the budget As we are centrally located in the United States, our technicians are able to quickly reach any location and have experience upgrading and repairing many different systems. Price We believe our pricing for Drosophila incubators that exceed performance expectations is truly reasonable. Additionally, when you buy a Drosophila incubator you are not just paying for the incubator itself, but for a variety of services including installation, electrical efficiency, lost "down" time, and service costs. Our efficient rooms, expert technicians, and affordable service plans all work to cost you less money overall than other vendors. We also work with North Star Leasing to offer financing options, whether our clients need it for tax benefits, or want to maintain working capital and existing credit lines longer. Who We Are We are an independently owned small business that manufactures all of our products in the United States. We are affiliated with Energy Star and United Nations Global Compact to make our communities and the world a cleaner, healthier, peaceful place. Types of Drosophila Incubator Darwin Chambers Offers Our Reach-In Drosophila Incubators We offer insect incubators, low temp insect incubators, and insect rearing chambers for researchers in the Drosophila industry. Our reach-in chambers come in a range of sizes, from small benchtop units to larger, 3-door units. They all come with: Epoxy coated coils to prevent corrosion from Drosophila Secondary safety high temperature cut-off switch to protect Drosophila 24-hour technical support throughout the lifetime of your chamber Standard warranties Extended warranties for cooling components, parts, and labor Quiet operation so you can have a more productive workspace Stainless steel construction and surfaces for easier cleaning Antimicrobial handles to reduce the spread of bacteria and pathogens Virtual touchscreens so data is easily logged, stored, and accessed Non-proprietary, globally recognized Fuji Electric controllers with autotuning, fuzzy logic, PID control, programmable alarms, calibration capability, ramp/soak, offset capability (other controllers are also supported) Superior control and uniformity through thermoelectric cooling and automatic switching system from cooling to heating Greatly reduced energy loads which not only allows for energy savings, but for our insect incubators to be located in spaces unsuitable for other incubators "Future proof" cooling systems that are set up to remain compliant with federal regulations in the refrigerant industry even as they evolve Our Drosophila Controlled Environment Rooms We also offer drosophila incubator rooms to clients who require more space or more customization options. The rooms are custom-made to each clients specifications and needs. The benefits of our controlled environment rooms include: Temperature conditioning system can be serviced or relocated quickly, due to a pre-charged and self-contained design. Available high temperature decontamination. Heat provided to incubators through one of three ways: ambient heat, hot-gas bypass refrigeration, or electric heat. Temperature ranges from 5° C to 60° C, 15° C to 37° C, 32° C to 60° C, etc. Supplied with LED lights which emit significantly more light per unit of input energy than fluorescent bulbs. They also produce less radiant heat, and with less heat used, the cooling requirement for the controlled environment is diminished and the total energy used by an LED-equipped chamber is substantially reduced. ADA compliance available with no additional cost to the customer. Conditioning System Features: quick installation, extended reliability, efficient operation, precision control, simple servicing, low GWP, and low total cost of ownership. Personnel emergency alarm: illuminated pull to reset push-button (inside room), control panel mounted visual and audible alarm. Includes glow in the dark label and a glow in the dark antimicrobial pull cord that can trigger alarm when pulled, a life saving feature for injured personnel lying on the floor. If you need your Drosophila incubator room quickly, with our "Quick Ship" program, you can receive a pre-engineered model in as little as 15 business days. Drosophila Incubator | Darwin Chambers Drosophila incubators are a crucial tool for researchers studying fruit flies. The company you order it from is just as important. At Darwin Chambers, we don't take chances on quality because we know you can't take chances with your research. If you're looking for a Drosophila incubator, call Darwin today at (314) 534-3111 or contact us online.