High concentrations if fructose and NaCl affect choice behavior in larval drosophila


  • Kelly Pires de Oliveira
  • Jailson de Aráujo Santos




Drosophila larvae, Gustatory System, Choice Behavior, Fructose, NaCl


As a crucial adaptation for survival, the gustatory system serves as a primary mechanism for distinguishing between nutrient-rich compounds that are palatable and those that may pose risks or be unpleasant. This intricate sensory apparatus not only guides behavioral choices but also underpins flavor recognition across various species. Understanding the complexities of the gustatory system in Drosophila larvae has profound implications for unraveling the complexities of human gustatory perception as well as advancing our understanding of sensory processing mechanisms more broadly, thereby providing a broader repertoire of the topic for current days. Behavioral studies employing diverse stimuli have been instrumental in elucidating the underlying processes governing choice, feeding, and learning behaviors in animals. Building upon this foundation, our study sought to explore the specific effects of elevated concentrations of fructose and NaCl on the choice behavior of Drosophila larvae. Through meticulously designed assays using 3M concentrations of fructose and NaCl, we unequivocally demonstrated the pronounced preference of larvae for fructose over NaCl. Furthermore, the robustness of this preference was reaffirmed through a secondary assay employing 3M fructose and water as a control. Our comprehensive findings not only highlight the significant influence of elevated concentrations of fructose and NaCl on larval choice behavior but also shed light on the intricate interplay between sensory perception and genetic mechanisms, particularly involving the Gr5a gene. These insights contribute to our broader understanding of the role of the gustatory system in shaping crucial behaviors vital for animal survival, with potential implications extending to human sensory perception research and beyond.


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How to Cite

Oliveira, K. P. de, & Santos, J. de A. (2024). High concentrations if fructose and NaCl affect choice behavior in larval drosophila. Caderno Pedagógico, 21(5), e4282 . https://doi.org/10.54033/cadpedv21n5-107