Volume 94 Issue 38 | p. 10 | Concentrates
Issue Date: September 26, 2016

Fruit fly excrement on food contains pheromones that entice other flies to join the feeding frenzy

Studying pheromones in fly feces could lead to new strategies for fighting crop pests
Department: Science & Technology
News Channels: Biological SCENE, Analytical SCENE, Environmental SCENE
Keywords: chemical communication, fruit fly, poop

Fruit flies are known for using pheromones to tell their buddies about new food sources and where to find romance. But the fruit flies aren’t just releasing these chemicals from their pheromone-secreting glands, they’re also depositing the molecular messages in their excrement. The first chemical analysis of Drosophila feces, performed by Bill S. Hansson, Markus Knaden, and colleagues of the Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology in Jena, . . .

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