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Curr Biol. 2008 Aug 5;18(15):1153-5. doi: 10.1016/j.cub.2008.06.075.

The survival advantage of olfaction in a competitive environment.

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Laboratory of Neurogenetics and Behavior, The Rockefeller University, 1230 York Avenue, New York, New York 10065, USA.

Abstract

Olfaction is generally assumed to be critical for survival because this sense allows animals to detect food and pheromonal cues. Although the ability to sense sex pheromones [1, 2, 3] is likely to be important for insects, the contribution of general odor detection to survival is unknown. We investigated the extent to which the olfactory system confers a survival advantage on Drosophila larvae foraging for food under conditions of limited resources and competition from other larvae.

PMID:
18674910
PMCID:
PMC2575080
DOI:
10.1016/j.cub.2008.06.075
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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