Ants have four to five times more odor receptors than most other insects, say scientists, who completed the first full map of their olfactory system.
The Vanderbilt University research team found the industrious insects have genes that make about 400 distinct odorant receptors, special proteins that detect different odors.
“The most exciting moment for me was when the analysis came back showing that we had identified more than 400 OR genes, the largest number of any known insect species,” says researcher Xiaofan Zhou.
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