Oct 152014
 

'Sense of smell' of fruit flies

A new study has revealed that ‘sense of smell’ in the fruit flies can help in detecting drugs and bombs.

Researchers from University of Sussex found that the “nose” of fruit flies could identify odors from illicit drugs and explosive substances almost as accurately as wine odor, which the insects are naturally attracted to because it smells like their favorite food, fermenting fruit.

Researchers hope that such e-noses would be much more sensitive and much faster than the currently commercially available e-noses that are typically based on metal-oxide sensors and are very slow, compared to a biological nose.

Contributed By Sonia Narula

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