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Chemical Signals in Vertebrates 11

Hurst, J., Beynon, R.J., Roberts, S.C., Wyatt, T. (Eds.)

2008, XXV, 432 p.

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  • Presents the newest research in chemical communication of vertebrates
  • Includes the potential application of novel techniques currently used in invertebrate systems
  • Covers a broad range of taxonomic groups, including humans

This volume presents the proceedings of "Chemical Signals in Vertebrates 11", hosted by the University of Liverpool and held July 25 - 28, 2006 at the University of Chester in the United Kingdom. Chemical Signals in Vertebrates 11 contains the latest research on chemical communication relevant to vertebrates, particularly focusing on new research since the last meeting in 2003. Topics covered include chemical ecology, biochemistry, behavior and neurobiology of both the main olfactory and vomeronasal systems of vertebrates, from amphibia to mammals including humans. A broad range of taxonomic groups and topics are discussed, including sections on new directions in semiochemistry, olfactory response and function, recognition within species, sexual communication, maternal-offspring communication, communication between species, and applications for zoo animal enrichment and pest control. The volume is dedicated to the memory of Dr. Bets Rasmussen and includes a special tribute chapter on her ground-breaking research on elephant communication.

About the Editors:

Dr. Jane L. Hurst is a Professor in the Faculty of Veterinary Science at the University of Liverpool, Liverpool, UK, where she heads the Mammalian Behaviour and Evolution Research Group. Dr. Rob Beynon is also a Professor in the Faculty of Veterinary Science at the University of Liverpool, Liverpool, UK where he heads the Proteomics and Functional Genomics Research Group. Dr. S. Craig Roberts is a Lecturer in the School of Biological Sciences at the University of Liverpool, Liverpool, UK where he is a member of the Evolutionary Psychology Research Group. Dr. Tristram Wyatt is the Director of Distance and Online Learning at the University of Oxford, Oxford, UK and also a research associate at the Department of Zoology.

Content Level » Research

Keywords » Ecology - Mammalia - Proteomics - behavior - biochemistry - development - environment - evolution - vertebrates - zoology

Related subjects » Animal Sciences - Behavioral Sciences - Biochemistry & Biophysics - Ecology - Evolutionary & Developmental Biology - Neuroscience

Table of contents 

New Directions in Semiochemistry.- Volatile Mammalian Chemosignals: Structural and Quantitative Aspects.- Use of Automated Solid Phase Dynamic Extraction (SPDE)/GC-MS and Novel Macros in the Search for African Elephant Pheromones.- Urinary Lipocalins in Rodenta:is there a Generic Model?.- The Biological Function of Cauxin, a Major Urinary Protein of the Domestic Cat (Felis catus).- Putative Pheromones of Lion Mane and Its Ultrastructure.- Olfactory Response and Function.- Using Ethologically Relevant Tasks to Study Olfactory Discrimination in Rodents.- Comparisons of State and Likelihood of Performing Chemosensory Event Behaviors in Two Populations of African Elephants (Loxodonta africana).- Olfactory Communication in the Ringtailed Lemur (Lemur catta): Form and Function of Multimodal Signals.- Olfaction in the Gorilla.- Ecological Validity in the Study of Human Pheromones.- The Influence of Sexual Orientation on Human Olfactory Function.- Recognition within Species: Individual, Sex, Group.- MHC-Associated Chemosignals and Individual Identity.- Pregnancy Block from a Female Perspective.- The Wing-Sac Odour of Male Greater Sac-Winged Bats Saccopteryx bilineata (Emballonuridae) as a Composite Trait: Seasonal and Individual Differences.- Gender Specific Expression of Volatiles in Captive Fossas (Cryptoprocta ferox) During the Mating Season.- Do Spotted Hyena Scent Marks Code for Clan Membership?.- The Ontogeny of Pasting Behavior in Free-living Spotted Hyenas, Crocuta crocuta.- Human Body Odour Individuality.- Environmental Effects on Human Body Odour.- Sexual Communication.- A Candidate Vertebrate Pheromone, SPF, Increases Female Receptivity in a Salamander.- Cross-dressing in Chemical Cues: Exploring ‘She-maleness’ in Newly-emerged Male Garter Snakes.- The Neurobiology of Sexual Solicitation: Vaginal Marking in Female Syrian Hamsters (Mesocricetus auratus).- Olfactory Control of Sex-Recognition and Sexual Behavior in Mice.- The Role of Early Olfactory Experience in the Development of Adult Odor Preferences in Rodents.- Have Sexual Pheromones Their Own Reward System in the Brain of Female Mice?.- The Effect of Familiarity on Mate Choice.- Age of the Subject and Scent Donor Affects the Amount of Time that Voles Self-Groom When They are Exposed to Odors of Opposite-sex Conspecifics.- Scent, Mate Choice and Genetic Heterozygosity.- Maternal - Offspring Communication.- Psychobiological functions of the mammary pheromone in newborn rabbits.- Rabbit Nipple-Search Pheromone Versus Rabbit Mammary Pheromone Revisited.- The Human Breast as a Scent Organ: Exocrine structures, Secretions, Volatile Components, and Possible Functions in Breastfeeding Interactions.- Responses of Pre-term Infants to the Odour of Mother’s Milk.- Communication between Species, Predators and Prey.- Patterns of Tongue-Flicking by Garter Snakes (Thamnophis sirtalis) during Presentation of Chemicals under Varying Conditions.- Multi-Contextual use of Chemosignals by Liolaemus Lizards.- Selective Response of Medial Amygdala Subregions to Reproductive and Defensive Chemosignals from Conspecific and Heterospecific Species.- Seasonal Responses to Predator Faecal Odours in Australian Native Rodents Vary Between Species.- Applications.- A Critical Review of Zoo-based Olfactory Enrichment.- Pig Semiochemicals and Their Potential for Feral Pig Control in NE Australia.- Use of Chemical Ecology for Control of the Cane Toad?.

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