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Chemosensory, Chemoreception (Chemosensors, Chemoreceptors)


The chemical sensors includes the sense of taste, smell, and the general chemical sense, which is both functional as well as anatomically different from each other. These senses have chemoreceptors which serve the perception of volatile or dissolved chemicals from the environment.

List of online available information on chemosensory and chemosensors.

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Lecture Notes, Tutorials

Smell (Olfaction)
A tutorial on the sense of smell - [e]


Special Information

Insect Chemical Communication
Article, 2005 - Format: PDF - [e]

Chemosense in Mollusks - Format: PDF - [e]


Data and Databases

Olfactory Image Archive
The image archive contains a collection of photographs, diagrams, and drawings relating to the olfactory system - [e]



Chemical Senses
… publishes original research and review papers on all aspects of chemoreception in both humans and animals. An important part of the journal's coverage is devoted to techniques and the development and application of new methods for investigating chemoreception and chemosensory structures. Oxford Journals - [e]

… is a quarterly bulletin dedicated to informing a broad international readership of the latest developments in the scientific field of the chemical senses: those senses such as smell and taste that translate molecular information into experience and behaviour. Centre for ChemoSensory Research - [e]

Chemosensory Perception
… publishes original research and review papers covering the connection between chemical, sensory, and neurological sciences. Springer - [e]



Neural Processing of Chemosensory Information
… from the locust ovipositor. Dissertation, 2001. Göttingen, Germany - [e]

Signal Transduction in Chemosensory Neurons
Molecular mechanisms of signal transduction in chemosensory neurons of mice. Dissertation, 2007. Bochum, Germany - [e]


Research facilities and departments

Chemosensory Perception Laboratory
University of California, San Diego - [e]

Monell Center
At the Monell Center, scientists from many disciplines work together to focus on understanding the mechanisms and functions of taste and smell and define the broad significance of these senses in human health and disease. Philadelphia, USA - [e]



Association for Chemoreception Sciences
AChemS is an international association that advances understanding of the senses of taste and smell - [e]

Australasian Association for ChemoSensory Science
… brings smell and taste to life by joining researchers, clinicians and private industry to explore, educate and enhance the chemosenses - [e]

European Chemoreception Research Organisation
The goal of ECRO is to promote fundamental and applied research in olfaction and taste in vertebrates and invertebrates. ECRO is financed by individual member subscriptions and by donations from industry and research institutions - [e]

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Related Books and Scientific Literature: Chemosensory:


Wolfgang Meyerhof

Chemosensory Systems in Mammals, Fishes, and Insects

The sense of smell has varied roles in locating food, detecting predators, navigating, and communicating social information, whereas the taste system is focused on decision-making in food intake. The last decade has witnessed massive advances in understanding the molecular logic of chemosensory information processing, and the results for taste sensation were found to differ in interesting ways from those for smell sensation. The 12 chapters of this book cover the current knowledge about the chemosensory systems in mammalian, fish and insect models. The advantages of the different model systems are emphasized. The genomic characteristics and evolution of olfactory and gustatory receptor gene families are analyzed, rules for odorant receptor gene choice and axonal projection of the corresponding receptor neurons are discussed, and the similarities and dissimilarities of pheromone vs. odorant sensing are examined as well as the molecular logic of mammalian sweet taste, bitter taste, and fat perception. Olfactory-guided and taste-guided behaviors are discussed, with a particular emphasis on the insect system.

Springer; 2009

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