Sensory Discrimination of Blood and Floral Nectar by Aedes aegypti Mosquitoes

Veronica Jové, Zhongyan Gong, Felix J.H. Hol, Zhilei Zhao, Trevor R. Sorrells, Thomas S. Carroll, Manu Prakash, Carolyn S. McBride, Leslie B. Vosshall

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Jové et al. characterize specialized blood-feeding sensory neurons in female Aedes aegypti mosquitoes and demonstrate that they encode the distinction between blood and floral nectar. Polymodal integrator neurons respond to glucose only in the presence of additional blood components, allowing mosquitoes to discriminate these two appetizing food sources.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1163-1180.e12
Issue number6
StatePublished - Dec 23 2020

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Neuroscience


  • Aedes aegypti
  • GCaMP calcium imaging
  • blood-feeding behavior
  • chemogenetics
  • gustatory receptors
  • ionotropic receptors
  • mosquito
  • nectar-feeding behavior
  • stylet
  • taste


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