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.
Contributors Preface 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 References 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 References 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 References 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 References 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 References 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?
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- © Academic Press 1983
- 28th August 1983
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