Pheromones and Reproduction in Mammals

Pheromones and Reproduction in Mammals

1st Edition - August 28, 1983

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  • Editor: John Vandenbergh
  • eBook ISBN: 9780323156516

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Pheromones and Reproduction in Mammals reviews current research findings on the role of pheromones in mammalian reproduction. Drawing on both quantitative laboratory studies and selected observational field studies, the book explores how animals actively deploy scent to facilitate sexual interactions and the functions of those scent signals during these interactions. Organized into two sections encompassing nine chapters, this volume begins with an overview of chemical signals and how they influence reproductive behavior in a variety of mammalian species. It then discusses the nature of chemical signals and olfactory perception; the role of chemical communication in mother-young interactions and in the reproduction of primates; how pheromones regulate puberty and the ovarian cycle; and pregnancy blocking by pheromones. The reader is also introduced to hormonal responses to primer pheromones; sensory physiology of pheromone communication; and the role of pheromones in the reproduction of domestic animals such as cattle, swine, sheep, and goats. Biologists and students of biology will find this book extremely informative.

Table of Contents

  • Contributors


    I Signalling Pheromones

    1 Chemical Signals and Reproductive Behavior

    I. Introduction

    II. Scent Marking and Scent Displays

    III. Functions of Scent Signals

    IV. Chemical Analysis of Sexual Chemosignals


    2 Chemical Communication in Mother-Young Interactions

    I. Introduction

    II. Olfactory Mediation of Maternal Behaviors

    III. Olfactory Mediation of Filial Behaviors

    IV. Summary and Conclusions


    3 Chemical Communication in Primate Reproduction

    I. Introduction

    II. Do Chemical Cues Influence Primate Reproductive Physiology?

    III. The Communicative Significance of Odor Cues in Reproductive Behavior

    IV. Hormones and the Behavior of Heterosexual Pairs of Rhesus Monkeys

    V. Odor Cues and Communication of Sexual Status

    VI. Odor Cues and Behavior in the Social Group


    II Priming Pheromones

    4 Pheromonal Regulation of Puberty

    I. Introduction

    II. Acceleration of Puberty in Females

    III. Inhibition of Puberty in Females

    IV. Control of Puberty in Males

    V. Influences on Population Dynamics

    VI. Conclusions


    5 Pheromonal Regulation of the Ovarian Cycle: Enhancement, Suppression, and Synchrony

    I. Introduction:The Problem

    II. Enhancement and Suppression of the Ovarian Cycle

    III. Synchrony

    IV. Source and Function of Individual Differences

    V. Function of Reproductive Synchrony, Suppression, and Enhancement

    VI. Summary


    6 Pregnancy Blocking by Pheromones

    I. Introduction

    II. Pregnancy Block in Mice

    III. Pregnancy Termination in Other Rodents

    IV. Pregnancy Block: Laboratory Artifact or Adaptive Advantage?


    7 Hormonal Responses to Primer Pheromones

    I. Introduction

    II. Priming Phenomena in Laboratory Mice

    III. Conclusions


    8 Sensory Physiology of Pheromone Communication

    I. Introduction

    II. Review of Chemosensory Systems

    III. Chemosensory Input into the Brain

    IV. Evidence for Vomeronasal Involvement

    V. Methods for Demonstration of Chemosensory Pathways

    VI. The Vomeronasal System as a Pheromone Detector

    VII. Conclusion


    9 Pheromones and Reproduction in Domestic Animals

    I. Introduction

    II. Signalling Pheromones

    III. Priming Pheromones

    IV. Conclusions



Product details

  • No. of pages: 312
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 1983
  • Published: August 28, 1983
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • eBook ISBN: 9780323156516

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John Vandenbergh

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