06 October, 2015

Does the floral bat lure dimethyl disulphide attract thailand’s most common bat pollinator?

by Gerald Carter & Alyssa Stewart

The dawn bat, or cave nectar bat
(photo credit: A. Stewart)

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. 

Read the whole summary in: English or Thai!
Read the scientific publication in JPE.

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