Friday, August 22, 2014
Scientists solve mystery of how hummingbirds taste sweetness
This group of feathered friends doesn’t have a sweet taste receptor, which means they shouldn’t be able to taste sweet at all. But a new study published Thursday in Science reveals that hummingbirds have repurposed their umami receptor (which recognizes meaty and savory flavors) to be able to taste nectar’s sweetness.
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Scientists Solve Mystery of How Hummingbirds Taste Sweetness