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Comment 23 by Jessiperite

I doubt the smell is toxic. That's fairly silly.

Only as "silly" as the smell of burning rubber (when caused by actual burning rubber) being toxic to humans. My point was that the word "fear" was put in by the physorg journalist, not by the actual researchers, who only used the word "stress". The word "stress" does not necessarily mean what the journalist evidently thought it meant. Poisons in the environment are a "stress", and the emissions of the fish could be poisonous to the insect, as an alternative to causing it to "worry". It has never been shown that insects "worry" about stuff, but it is known that they can be poisoned. Therefore, both possibilities should be investigated, as I have suggested above.

Tue, 01 Nov 2011 09:15:44 UTC | #885895