The Chemistry of Pheromones and Other Semiochemicals II

Volume 240 of the series Topics in Current Chemistry pp 231-278


Mammalian Semiochemicals

  • Ben V. BurgerAffiliated withLaboratory for Ecological Chemistry, University of Stellenbosch Email author 

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Progress that has been made in research on the chemical aspects of mammalian semiochemistry over the past decade is discussed on the basis of examples from the most topical problem areas. The chemical characterization of the volatile organic constituents of the urine, anal gland secretions and exocrine gland secretions of rodents, carnivores, proboscids, artiodactyls and primates, and their possible role in the semiochemical communication of these mammals are discussed, with particular emphasis on the advances made in the elaboration of the function of proteins as controlled release carrier materials for the semiochemicals of some of these animals.

Mammalian semiochemicals Mammalian pheromones Mammalian exocrine secretions Chemical communication Territorial marking