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What does the koala genome tell us about the taste of eucalyptus? New data provides insight into the marsupial's unique feeding habits

What does the koala genome tell us about the taste of eucalyptus? New data provides insight into the marsupial's unique feeding habits

Sequencing of the koala genome has revealed some interesting qualities about these marsupials on their sense of taste. They have more bitter taste receptor genes than any other Australian marsupial, and most mammals. This possibly enables the animals to detect toxic metabolites contained in eucalyptus. Koalas even have functional receptors for both sweetness and umami.

What does the koala genome tell us about the taste of eucalyptus? New data provides insight into the marsupial's unique feeding habits

What does the koala genome tell us about the taste of eucalyptus? New data provides insight into the marsupial's unique feeding habitswww.sciencedaily.com

Sequencing of the koala genome has revealed some interesting qualities about these marsupials on their sense of taste. They have more bitter taste receptor genes than any other Australian marsupial, and most mammals. This possibly enables the animals to detect toxic metabolites contained in eucalyptus. Koalas even have functional receptors for both sweetness and umami.

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