1st Edition

The Neurobiology of Olfaction

Edited By Anna Menini Copyright 2010
    448 Pages 13 Color & 80 B/W Illustrations
    by CRC Press

    Comprehensive Overview of Advances in Olfaction

    The common belief is that human smell perception is much reduced compared with other mammals, so that whatever abilities are uncovered and investigated in animal research would have little significance for humans. However, new evidence from a variety of sources indicates this traditional view is likely overly simplistic.

    The Neurobiology of Olfaction provides a thorough analysis of the state-of-the-science in olfactory knowledge and research, reflecting the growing interest in the field. Authors from some of the most respected laboratories in the world explore various aspects of olfaction, including genetics, behavior, olfactory systems, odorant receptors, odor coding, and cortical activity.

    Until recently, almost all animal research in olfaction was carried out on orthonasal olfaction (inhalation). It is only in recent years, especially in human flavor research, that evidence has begun to be obtained regarding the importance of retronasal olfaction (exhalation). These studies are beginning to demonstrate that retronasal smell plays a large role to play in human behavior.

    Highlighting common principles among various species – including humans, insects, Xenopus laevis (African frog), and Caenorhabditis elegans (nematodes) – this highly interdisciplinary book contains chapters about the most recent discoveries in odor coding from the olfactory epithelium to cortical centers. It also covers neurogenesis in the olfactory epithelium and olfactory bulb. Each subject-specific chapter is written by a top researcher in the field and provides an extensive list of reviews and original articles for students and scientists interested in further readings.

    From Odors to Behaviors in Caenorhabditis elegans

    Anne C. Hart and Michael Y. Chao

    Odor Coding in Insects

    C. Giovanni Galizia and Silke Sachse

    Olfactory Information Processing in Moths

    S. Shuichi Haupt, Takeshi Sakurai, Shigehiro Namiki, Tomoki Kazawa, and Ryohei Kanzaki

    Olfactory Coding in Larvae of the African Clawed Frog Xenopus laevis

    Ivan Manzini and Detlev Schild

    Development of the Olfactory System

    Helen B. Treloar, Alexandra M. Miller, Arundhati Ray, and Charles A. Greer

    Pheromones and Mammalian Behavior

    Peter A. Brennan

    Odorant Receptors

    Bettina Malnic, Daniela C. Gonzalez-Kristeller, and Luciana M. Gutiyama

    Signal Transduction in Vertebrate Olfactory Cilia

    Simone Pifferi, Anna Menini, and Takashi Kurahashi

    Multiple Olfactory Subsystems Convey Various Sensory Signals

    Minghong Ma

    Feedback Regulation of Neurogenesis in the Mammalian Olfactory Epithelium: New Insights from Genetics and Systems Biology

    Kimberly K. Gokoffski, Shimako Kawauchi, Hsiao-Huei Wu, Rosaysela Santos, Piper L.W. Hollenbeck, Arthur D. Lander, and Anne L. Calof

    Neurogenesis in the Adult Olfactory Bulb

    Angela Pignatelli and Ottorino Belluzzi

    Active Sensing in Olfaction

    Matt Wachowiak

    Temporal Coding in Olfaction

    Brice Bathellier, Olivier Gschwend, and Alan Carleton

    Cortical Activity Evoked by Odors

    Donald A. Wilson and Robert L. Rennaker

    Memory and Plasticity in the Olfactory System: From Infancy to Adulthood

    Anne-Marie Mouly and Regina Sullivan

    New Perspectives on Olfactory Processing and Human Smell

    Gordon M. Shepherd


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