On Drososhare, you can order fly stocks to fellow labs and provide your own stocks to the community. For more than 100 years, the Bloomington Drosophila Stock Center has helped you obtain the tools you needed. However, their collection is not exhaustive, getting flies takes time, it is not particularly cheap, and there is a relatively high chance that flies die during transport or are stopped at customs.
Drososhare has been implementing tools to gather stock lists from labs, and to search in these lists to find the matching fly lines. The system aims at preventing the majority of errors and reducing difficulties in information sharing. It greatly reduces the amount of work needed to share flies. The fly community becomes one distributed stock center, which is not subjected to natural disaster (hurricane or funding cuts).
For each fly stock ordered, the fly provider will receive 4 DrosoCoins, while we will bill the buyer 7 € (one bill will be sent every 3-6 months, a credit card is NOT necessary). 10 DrosoCoins gives you the right over a free fly order. This is exclusive of postal costs which are not billed by us.
The founder, Dr. Julien Colomb has been working on the neurobiology of the fruit fly for more than 10 years. He has been developing Drososhare in parallel to his work as a post doc in Berlin during the last years.
The CTO, Mr Richard Mclachlan, has been working in the web technologies for the last 20 years and has directed the website development since 2015.
This is the beta release of the platform. You can upload your stock and mark what stocks are free for sharing, and you can search for the flies you need. Our query system is linked to the flybase database to search for synonyms of your flies. Give it a try and tell us what you think.