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Things smell good for a reason

Fruit flies use to detect healthy antioxidants in their food

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These are vinegar flies () on an .
Credit:Anna Schroll


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*A direct line through the brain to avoid rotten food – a full STOP signal for Drosophila

Original Publication: Dweck, H., , , Farhan, A., Hansson, B. S., Stensmyr, M. C. (2015). Olfactory Proxy Detection of Dietary Antioxidants in Drosophila. Current Biology, DOI: 10.1016/j.cub.2014.11.062 http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.cub.2014.11.062

Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology