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Scents that Matter - From Olfactory Stimuli to Genes, Behaviors and Beyond

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In mammals, olfactory stimuli can induce numerous of adaptive behaviors, such as fear, aggression and mating, which are conserved across species and critical for the survival of the individual as well as for the species. The discovery of gene families coding for olfactory receptors has fueled many lines of ...

In mammals, olfactory stimuli can induce numerous of adaptive behaviors, such as fear, aggression and mating, which are conserved across species and critical for the survival of the individual as well as for the species. The discovery of gene families coding for olfactory receptors has fueled many lines of investigation over the last decades, considerably contributing to our understanding of olfaction. However, little is known about the molecular nature of most behaviorally-relevant olfactory stimuli, the sensing olfactory receptors, and the neural circuitries processing such sensory information to generate appropriate behavioral and endocrinal responses.


This proposed Research Topic intends to present the most recent results focused in understanding the molecular and neural mechanisms underlying odor-induced adaptive behaviors in mammals. The covered areas will include, but are not limited to both the systems involved in the recognition of biologically relevant odors, as well as those involved in the generation and control of the respective adaptive behaviors. Original research and review papers are welcome.


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