Humidity levels can mean life or death for insects.
Detecting drier or wetter conditions is crucial for insect survival. We've long known they can do this – now researchers have discovered the genetic and neural basis for their humidity-sensing system.
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Hormones may not be the only thing that determines how your organs act.
Tiny fruit flies under a microscope are a powerful weapon for science.
Dr Martha Vicente-Crespo
Fruit flies aren't just a remarkable organism for research. They are also central to a project that aims to provide more at-home research opportunities for African scientists.
Decreasing funding for fruit-fly research will hurt people, not flies.
These insects are so much more than just the scourge of fruit bowls everywhere. They're a key model system for all kinds of research that teaches us about our own brain and body systems.
You and me have quite a few genes in common.
Sarah Palin hated them and they've helped win Nobel prizes, so what is it about fruit flies that we should value so much?
The mighty smart fruit fly.
The next time you start loading up on food rich in antioxidants at the grocery store, know that you are not alone in the animal world. Other animals such as birds and fruit flies are health conscious too…
If you have a Facebook account, you are likely to have seen someone pour an ice bucket on themselves in the name of raising awareness for amyotropic lateral sclerosis (ALS). ALS is a disease that affects…
The exact point in time developing fruit fly pests become male or female has been identified. University of Western Sydney…
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Animals have evolved to occupy almost all corners of the Earth. To survive, no matter the weather outside, they all need temperature-sensitive bodily reactions to work. This is easy for warm-blooded animals…
Fruit flies may weigh available evidence before making a decision. Researchers from University of Oxford conducted odour-choice…
Sex has been found to be a key factor in health and a long life for fruit flies, according to a new study by the University…
Fruit flies (Drosophila melanogaster) adopt a mating strategy based on sibling relationships and the sexual familiarity of…
A neuropeptide that regulates sexual activity and reproduction in insects has been identified by a team of entomologists…
Many species of the fruit fly are unable to adapt to predicted increases in global temperatures and may face extinction…