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Genomic study ties insect evolution to the ability to detect airborne odors

A new study from Illinois entomology professor, Hugh Robertson, and colleagues at the University of California, Davis, reveals that all insects have odorant receptors that enable them to detect airborne chemicals.

A new study reveals that all insects use specialized odorant receptors that enable them to detect and pursue mates, identify enemies, find food and – unfortunately for humans – spread disease. This puts to rest a recent hypothesis that only some insects evolved the ability to detect airborne odors as an adaptation to flight, the researchers said.

The findings are reported in the journal eLife.

Read the full article at the Illinois News Bureau


Publication Date: 08/27/2018
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