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Fri, Nov. 3rd, 2006, 01:41 pm
lilcrabbygal: Stinky food article

Microbes Compete with Animals for Food by Making It Stink

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Researchers Deron Burkepile and Brock Woodson were among a team of ecologists who tested whether aged meat attracts fewer consumers than fresher meat. They baited crab traps with menhaden and set them in the marshes near Skidaway Island, Ga.

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Microbes may compete with large animal scavengers by producing repugnant chemicals that deter higher species from consuming valuable food resources -- such as decaying meat, seeds and fruit, according to a new study published Nov. 1 in the journal Ecology.

Read more @ http://www.newswise.com/p/articles/view/524841/