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Researchers decode the chemical signals of bed bugs in real time

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  1. TXbedbugger

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    PLOS ONE: Real-Time Measurement of Volatile Chemicals Released by Bed Bugs during Mating Activities http://goo.gl/GIMUw

    Researchers decode the chemical signals of bed bugs in real time http://goo.gl/SwSFJ

    A group of researchers from Denmark have combined two methods of observing the activity of bed bugs in order to understand the signals they communicate with each other in real time. Traditionally, the chemical signals the insects create have been analyzed by collecting them over a period of time. What the researchers have done is devise a method that's far faster, allowing near instant reading.

    They use proton transfer reaction mass spectrometry to instantly analyze the gas coming off of the bugs, combined with video recording to compare what specifically might be triggering the chemical spikes at various points.

    In the paper, the authors identify specific chemicals that peaked during attempted copulation. Apparently, whenever a male attempted to mount an unwilling partner — be it male or female — the target of their advances released a combination of primarily (E)-2-hexenal and (E)-2-octenal.

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    "Apparently, whenever a male attempted to mount an unwilling partner — be it male or female — the target of their advances released a combination of primarily (E)-2-hexenal and (E)-2-octenal."

    Yeah, I've been known to do the same thing....

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