Editors' ChoiceSensory Perception

Sugar Aversion

Sci. Signal.  28 May 2013:
Vol. 6, Issue 277, pp. ec119
DOI: 10.1126/scisignal.2004354

Several populations of the German cockroach have become averse to the glucose used as bait in toxic traps, which has severely reduced trap effectiveness. Wada-Katsumata et al. show that this aversion is a result of changes in the peripheral gustatory system, whereby glucose, as well as stimulating sweet receptors, stimulated an aversive bitter compound receptor.

A. Wada-Katsumata, J. Silverman, C. Schal, Changes in taste neurons support the emergence of an adaptive behavior in cockroaches. Science 340, 972–975 (2013). [Abstract] [Full Text]