Why fruit flies could make your beer better


We won’t hazard our theories on why Thanksgiving Eve is the biggest bar night in the U.S., but scientists do have a new explanation for why our drinks attract unwanted visitors. In Episode 11 of Speaking of Chemistry, Matt Davenport takes a look at how and why an essential beer ingredient calls out to fruit flies. It’s a good thing.

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Alluring Yeast
Volume 92 Issue 45 | p. 40
Issue Date: November 10, 2014

What’s That Stuff: Beer
C&EN Volume 84 Issue 14 | pp. 36-37
Issue Date: April 3, 2006

The Buzz On Beer
C&EN Volume 89 | p. 48
Issue Date: December 12, 2011

The Fungal Aroma Gene ATF1 Promotes Dispersal Of Yeast Cells through Insect Vectors
Cell Reports Volume 9 Issue 2 | pp. 425-432
Issue Date: October 23, 2014

Your Beer Attracts Fruit Flies On Purpose
WIRED
October 9, 2014

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  1. […] beneficial,” says Lundgren. Besides pollination, these bugs can bolster farm soil, improve the taste of beer and feed animals, like fish, that in turn feed us. In the end, says Lundgren, “we cannot live […]

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