Detection of volatile indicators of illicit substances by the olfactory receptors of Drosophila melanogaster

Brenton Kenneth Marshall, Coral Gay Warr, Marinus de Bruijne

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Insects can detect a large range of odors with a numerically simple olfactory system that delivers high sensitivity and accurate discrimination. Therefore, insect olfactory receptors hold great promise as biosensors for detection of volatile organic chemicals in a range of applications. The array of olfactory receptor neurons of Drosophila melanogaster is rapidly becoming the best-characterized natural nose.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)613 - 625
Number of pages13
JournalChemical Senses
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - 2010

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