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Insects 2014, 5(2), 399-422; doi:10.3390/insects5020399

Responses to Pheromones in a Complex Odor World: Sensory Processing and Behavior

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Institut d'Ecologie et des Sciences de l'Environnement de Paris (iEES-Paris), UMR 1392, Département d'Ecologie Sensorielle, INRA, Route de Saint-Cyr, 78026 Versailles Cedex, France
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Laboratoire RCIM, Université d'Angers, UPRES-EA 2647, USC INRA 1330, SFR 4207 QUASAV, UFR Sciences, 2 Boulevard Lavoisier, 49045 Angers, France
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Received: 28 March 2014 / Revised: 21 May 2014 / Accepted: 22 May 2014 / Published: 17 June 2014
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Pheromones and Insect Behaviour)
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Abstract

Insects communicating with pheromones, be it sex- or aggregation pheromones, are confronted with an olfactory environment rich in a diversity of volatile organic compounds of which plants are the main releaser. Certain of these volatiles can represent behaviorally relevant information, such as indications about host- or non-host plants; others will provide essentially a rich odor background out of which the behaviorally relevant information needs to be extracted. In an attempt to disentangle mechanisms of pheromone communication in a rich olfactory environment, which might underlie interactions between intraspecific signals and a background, we will summarize recent literature on pheromone/plant volatile interactions. Starting from molecular mechanisms, describing the peripheral detection and central nervous integration of pheromone-plant volatile mixtures, we will end with behavioral output in response to such mixtures and its plasticity. View Full-Text
Keywords: sex pheromone; plant odor; odor interactions; neural mechanisms; mixture processing; orientation behavior sex pheromone; plant odor; odor interactions; neural mechanisms; mixture processing; orientation behavior
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Deisig, N.; Dupuy, F.; Anton, S.; Renou, M. Responses to Pheromones in a Complex Odor World: Sensory Processing and Behavior. Insects 2014, 5, 399-422.

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