Using insect sniffing devices for detection. Academic Article uri icon


  • Emerging information about the ability of insects to detect and associatively learn has revealed that they could be used within chemical detection systems. Such systems have been developed around free-moving insects, such as honey bees. Alternatively, behavioral changes of contained insects can be interpreted by sampling air pumped over their olfactory organs. These organisms are highly sensitive, flexible, portable and cheap to reproduce, and it is easy to condition them to detect target odorants. However, insect-sensing systems are not widely studied or accepted as proven biological sensors. Further studies are needed to examine additional insect species and to develop better methods of using their olfactory system for detecting odorants of interest.

published proceedings

  • Trends Biotechnol

altmetric score

  • 3

author list (cited authors)

  • Rains, G. C., Tomberlin, J. K., & Kulasiri, D.

citation count

  • 40

complete list of authors

  • Rains, Glen C||Tomberlin, Jeffery K||Kulasiri, Don

publication date

  • January 2008