Thank fruit flies for that pleasing beer scent

October 11, 2014 2:03 PM

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Thank fruit flies for that pleasing beer scent

The familiar smell of beer is due in part to aroma compounds produced by common brewer's yeast. Now, researchers reporting in the Cell Press journal Cell Reports on October 9th have discovered why the yeast (formally known as S. cerevisiae) make that smell: the scent attracts fruit flies, which repay the yeast by dispersing their cells in the environment.

Yeast lacking a single aroma gene fail to produce their characteristic odor, and they don't attract fruit flies either.

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