Yeast smell underpins partnership with fruit flies

The insects disperse fungi cells that produce alluring smells

Fluorescent yeast cells

YEASTY NOTES  Fluorescent yeast cells (green) cling to a fruit fly’s leg. Scientists have learned that yeast make fruity-smelling chemicals, which attract fruit flies. The flies eat some of the yeast, but give others a lift to new locations.

Christiaens et al. Cell Reports 2014

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