September 29, 2003

Researchers Study Effects of Fruit Odors

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Have you ever been smitten by a particular scent? If so, you’re not alone. Multi-university collaborative research has recently provided strong implications that smell plays a huge role in the mating of insects, especially the Rhagoletis pomonella, otherwise known as the apple or hawthorn fly.

For the past four years, Charles E. Linn Jr., entomology senior research associate, Wendell Roelofs, the Liberty Hyde Bailey Professor of Insect Biochemistry and Satoshi Nojima, a post-doctoral associate in entomology, along with two researchers from other universities, have been conducting experiments regarding the effects of fruit odors on apple and hawthorn flies.