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You are what you eat? Gut bacteria and mating preferences in Drosophila

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We are increasingly coming to understand that the gut microbiota has diverse and important effects on myriad host processes beyond digestion. One area that has remained relatively understudied until recently, is the role gut bacteria has in mediating host behaviour. This is despite research in the 70s that suggested there could be links between commensal bacterial, host odour, and kin recognition. In this talk Zen will showcase recent studies in varied species of Drosophila, that suggest a link between gut bacteria and mating behaviour, mediated by the action of the gut on pheromones.

This talk is part of the Behaviour, Ecology & Evolution Seminar Series series.

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