Chemical Signals in Vertebrates 11

pp 199-210

Environmental Effects on Human Body Odour

  • Jan HavlicekAffiliated withDepartment of Anthropology, Charles University
  • , Pavlina Lenochova

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Human body odour is individually specific and several lines of evidence suggest that to some extent it is under genetic control. There are however numerous other sources of variation, commonly labelled as environmental factors, which are the main aim of this paper. These include: 1) reproductive status, 2) emotional state, 3) diet and 4) diseases. We primarily focus on axillary and genital odours as they have been proposed to have communicative function. We prelusively conclude that a specific diet and some diseases have major impact on variations in human body odour.