In the late 1990s, researchers discovered that in
Central and South American flowers that were pollinated by bats often contained
the chemical compound, dimethyl disulphide (DMDS). This compound smells foul to
humans (DMDS is produced by rotting flesh) but it attracts nectar-feeding bats.
Even captive-borne bats that have never fed from flowers or smelled DMDS, are
powerfully attracted to it.
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