Pre-exposure affects the olfactory response of Drosophila melanogaster to menthol

Andrew B. Barron*, Sarah A. Corbet

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A modification of the trap assay (Woodard et al., 1989) was used to evaluate the response of Drosophila melanogaster (Meigen) to food media containing menthol. Dose-response curves for flies to mentholic foods were produced for flies that had been pre-exposed to menthol, during development and adult life, and flies that had not been exposed to menthol before the assay. Mentholic food media were less attractive to Drosophila than plain food medium. Rearing flies on a medium containing menthol reduced their aversion to some concentrations of menthol. The rearing effect was not simply due to lowered general activity levels resulting from developing in a medium containing menthol. There was a threshold concentration of menthol in the rearing medium below which we found no induced behavioural change.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)175-181
Number of pages7
JournalEntomologia Experimentalis et Applicata
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1999
Externally publishedYes


  • Bioassay
  • Drosophila
  • Menthol
  • Olfactory response
  • Trap assay


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