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Taste neurons detect CO2: fruit fly


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The sensory system of fruit flies detects CO2 via specialized taste neurons.

"Here we identify a novel taste modality in this insect: the taste of carbonated water. We use a combination of anatomical, calcium imaging and behavioural approaches to identify a population of taste neurons that detects CO2." (Fischler 2007:1054)
About the inspiring organism
Med_drosophilamelanogasternauenerstadtwald03vii200702 Drosophila melanogaster
Drosophila melanogaster Meigen, 1830
Common name: Fruit fly

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Some organism data provided by: BDWD: BioSystematic Database of World Diptera
Organism/taxonomy data provided by:
Species 2000 & ITIS Catalogue of Life: 2008 Annual Checklist

Bioinspired products and application ideas

Application Ideas: CO2 is increasingly used in chemical manufacturing. CO2 sensing mechanisms are likely useful for the control of chemical processes utilizing CO2.

Industrial Sector(s) interested in this strategy: Chemical manufacturing.

The Scott Lab, Fly Taste and Behavior
Kristin Scott
Department of Molecular and Cell Biology and Helen Wills Neuroscience Institute, University of California Berkeley
Fischler, Walter; Kong, Priscilla; Marella, Sunanda; Scott, Kristin. 2007. The detection of carbonation by the Drosophila gustatory system. Nature. 448(7157): 1054-1057.
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