New book about sex pheromones

Intraspecific chemical communication in vertebrates with special attention to sex pheromones. NUR-code: 922. ISBN: 978-90-77713-78-5. © 2011 by R. van den Hurk.

Available for $ 45 (or 35), inclusive transfer costs. Paypal accepted through this account: r.vandenhurk@planet.nl

This 2011 edition (191 pages) is an update from the book entitled ‘Intraspecific chemical communication in vertebrates with special attention to its role in reproduction’ (R. van den Hurk, 2007). With the appearance of the new edition, it now becomes the most recent and most comprehensive pheromone review available.

In this book you will find a survey of intraspecific pheromonal and odorous processes in Vertebrates, the source where such semiochemicals are formed, their chemical nature, the sites where they are perceived, and the way in which they can exert their effects. Knowledge of these nature and role of these chemicals is important for their application in fish breeding, husbandry and production of farm animals, housing of companion animals, integrated management of harmful animals (like beavers which, in dense populations, may cause enormous damage to nature), reproduction of endangered animal species, and behaviour of humans.

After the publishing of the first edition in February 2007, world-wide attention of pheromone research was particularly directed to odorant/pheromone receptors and signal transduction within odorant/pheromone sensing cells. Therefore, in the new edition of the book, the chapter ‘Olfactory receptor sites, odorant and pheromonal perception, signal transduction, and conduction of evoked action potentials to and within the brain’ has substantially been changed, while in every chapter new information (published until January 2011) has been incorporated. Most tables are extended with new data on sex pheromones in vertebrate species. To focus more on the term (sex) pheromone and to facilitate tracing of the current book, the original book title has slightly been changed.

Dr. R. van den Hurk

Pheromone Information Centre, Brugakker 5895, 3704 MX Zeist, Netherlands.

E-mail address: r.vandenhurk@planet.nl