Olfactory receptors insects use to sense DEET

The chemical structure of the compounds found to be strong mosquito-repellents. Credit: Ray Lab, UC Riverside.

The chemical structure of the compounds found to be strong mosquito-repellents. Credit: Ray Lab, UC Riverside.

Via Science Is Awesome

Insects are repelled by N,N-diethyl-m-toluamide (DEET), and now a team of researchers have identified which olfactory receptors insects use to sense DEET. The team have also identified three safe compounds that mimic DEET which could be used to prevent the transmission of vector-borne diseases.

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