Advances in Chemical Signals in Vertebrates

  • Robert E. Johnston
  • Dietland Müller-Schwarze
  • Peter W. Sorensen

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Comparative and Evolutionary Perspectives

  3. Chemical Identification of Chemical Signals

    1. Richard C. Feldhoff, Stephanie M. Rollmann, Lynne D. Houck
      Pages 117-125
    2. Sakae Kikuyama, Fumiyo Toyoda, Takeo Iwata, Noriyuki Takahashi, Kazutoshi Yamamoto, Hiroaki Hayashi et al.
      Pages 127-136
    3. Robert J. Beynon, Duncan H. L. Robertson, Simon J. Hubbard, Simon J. Gaskell, Jane L. Hurst
      Pages 137-147
    4. Daniela Pes, Duncan H. L. Robertson, Jane L. Hurst, Simon Gaskell, Robert J. Beynon
      Pages 149-161
    5. Fred W. Koontz, Judy L. Wellington, Paul J. Weldon
      Pages 163-171
  4. The Major Histocompatibility Complex and Odor Communication

    1. Kunio Yamazaki, Alan Singer, Maryanne Curran, Gary K. Beauchamp
      Pages 173-180
    2. F. Eggert, R. Ferstl, W. Müller-Ruchholtz
      Pages 181-188
    3. Carole Ober, Lowell R. Weitkamp, Nancy Cox
      Pages 189-199
    4. Bettina M. Pause, Kerstin Krauel, Frank Eggert, Claudia Müller, Bernfried Sojka, Wolfgang Müller-Ruchholtz et al.
      Pages 201-207
  5. Signaling Behaviors: Functions of Scent Marking

  6. Social Recognition: Individuals, Kin, and Species

    1. Heather M. Schellinck, Richard E. Brown
      Pages 267-280
    2. L. Sun, D. Müller-Schwarze
      Pages 281-288
    3. Josephine Todrank, Giora Heth, Robert E. Johnston
      Pages 289-297
    4. Carisa Gillis, Michelle Legarsky, Leanne Lenker, Jill Falkevitz, W. J. Carr
      Pages 309-314
  7. Sex, Aggression, and Social Behavior

  8. Relationships to Endocrine Function

  9. Predator-Prey Relationships

  10. Neural Mechanisms of Chemical Communication

About this book


The field of olfactory research and chemical communication is in the early stages of revolutionary change, and many aspects of this revolution are reflected in the chapters in this book. Thus, it should serve admirably as an up-to-date reference. First, a wide range of vertebrate groups and species are represented. Second, there are excellent reviews of specific topics and theoretical approaches to communication by odors, including chapters on signal specialization and evolution in mammals, the evolution of hormonal pheromones in fish, alarm pheromones in fish, chemical repellents, the chemical signals involved in endocrine responses in mice, and the controversy over human pheromones. Third, there are exciting new findings presented in numerous specific topic areas, such as the chemis­ try of pheromones in a wide range of species (salamanders to elephants), the chemistry of proteins that control the release of pheromones, the molecular biology and physiology of detection, coding and response to odor signals, the effects of experience on sensitivity to odors, the role of genes of the immune system in odor production and in human mate choice, the function and perception of scent over-marks, the recognition of individuals and kin by odors, the influence of odors on predator-prey interactions, and the use of odors to help control pests. This book is an offshoot of the Eighth International Symposium on Chemical Sig­ nals in Vertebrates, held at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, July 20-25, 1997, hosted and organized by Bob Johnston.


amphibians biology chemistry ecology evolution fish predator social behavior system vertebrates

Editors and affiliations

  • Robert E. Johnston
    • 1
  • Dietland Müller-Schwarze
    • 2
  • Peter W. Sorensen
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyCornell UniversityIthacaUSA
  2. 2.College of Environmental Science and ForestryState University of New York—SyracuseSyracuseUSA
  3. 3.Department of Fisheries and WildlifeUniversity of Minnesota—St. PaulSt. PaulUSA

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media New York 1999
  • Publisher Name Springer, Boston, MA
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4613-7145-8
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4615-4733-4
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