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Nature. 2006 Nov 16;444(7117):302-7.

Insects as chemosensors of humans and crops.

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Department of Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology, Yale University, PO Box 208103, New Haven, Connecticut 06520-8103, USA.

Abstract

Insects transmit disease to hundreds of millions of people a year, and cause enormous losses to the world's agricultural output. Many insects find the human or plant hosts on which they feed, and identify and locate their mates, primarily through olfaction and taste. Major advances have recently been made in understanding insect chemosensation at the molecular and cellular levels. These advances have provided new opportunities to control insects that cause massive damage to health and agriculture across the world.

PMID:
17108954
DOI:
10.1038/nature05403
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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