Pheromonal Control of the Bovine Ovarian Cycle

  • J. G. Vandenbergh
  • M. K. Izard


The ovarian cycle of several species of rodents is influenced by priming pheromones from both males and females (Bronson, 1979; Vandenbergh, 1973; 1980). A chemical cue contained in the urine of male housemice accelerates the onset of puberty in juvenile females (Vandenbergh, et al., 1976) and influences the rythmicity of the ovarian cycle of the adult female (Whitten, 1956). In rats, synchronization of estrus occurs as a result of airborne chemical cues produced by other females (McClintock, 1978; 1981).


Ovarian Cycle Cervical Mucus Olfactory Bulbectomy Mouse Urine Calve Season 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • J. G. Vandenbergh
    • 1
  • M. K. Izard
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of ZoologyNorth Carolina State UniversityRaleighUSA

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