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Wyatt TD (2014) Pheromones and animal behavior: chemical signals and signatures. (2nd Edition) Cambridge University Press, Cambridge. more details

Wyatt TD (2003) Pheromones and animal behaviour: communication by smell and taste. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge. 391 pp. more details and reviews of 1st edn

Other publications

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Wyatt TD (2015) The search for human pheromones: the lost decades and the necessity of returning to first principles. Proceedings of the Royal Society B 282:20142994. doi: 10.1098/rspb.2014.2994

(See also The Guardian Science Blog)

Wyatt TD (2015) How animals communicate via pheromones. American Scientist 103:114-121

Wyatt TD, Hardege JD & Terschak J (2014) Ocean acidification foils chemical signals. Science 346: 176.

Wyatt TD (2014) Proteins and peptides as pheromone signals and chemical signatures. Animal Behaviour 97:273-280 DOI: 10.1016/j.anbehav.2014.07.025

Wyatt TD (2014) Introduction to chemical signaling in vertebrates and invertebrates. In: Mucignat-Caretta (ed.)
Neurobiology of Chemical Communication. CRC Press, Baton Rouge

Nehring V, Wyatt TD & d'Ettorre P (2013) Noise in chemical communication. In: Brumm, H (ed.) Animal
communication and noise.
Springer, Berlin. pp 373-405

Wyatt TD (2011) Pheromones and behavior. In: Breithaupt, T & Thiel, M (eds) Chemical communication in crustaceans. New York: Springer. pp 23-38 ISBN: 978-0-387-77100-7

Wyatt TD (2010) Pheromones and signature mixtures: defining species-wide signals and variable cues for identity in both invertebrates and vertebrates. J Comparative Physiology A-Sensory Neural and Behavioral Physiology. 10:685-700, DOI: 10.1007/s00359-010-0564-y [erratum: 'cis-vinyl acetate' should be 'cis-vaccenyl acetate'] pdf

Wyatt TD (2009) Fifty years of pheromones. Nature 457: 262-263 doi:10.1038/457262a    pdf

Wyatt TD (2009) Pheromones and other chemical communication in animals. In: Squire, LR (ed.) Encyclopedia of Neuroscience. Academic Press, Oxford. pp 611-616

Hurst JL, Beynon RJ, Roberts SC & Wyatt TD (eds) (2008) Chemical Signals in Vertebrates 11   ISBN: 978-0-387-73944-1 Springer, New York. 432 pp

Eisthen HL & Wyatt TD (2006) The vomeronasal system and pheromones. Current Biology 16:R73-74  pdf

Wyatt TD (2005) Pheromones: convergence & contrasts in insects & vertebrates. In: Chemical Signals in Vertebrates 10 (eds RT Mason, MP LeMaster and D Müller-Schwarze). Springer Press, NY. pp7-20. pdf

Sorensen PW & Wyatt TD (2004) Pheromones. In: The Concise Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology and Behavioral Science, (eds WE Craighead & CB Nemeroff). 3rd Edition. John Wiley & Sons, New York, pp 690-691.

Alonso W, Wyatt TD & Kelly DW (2003) Are vectors able to learn about their hosts? A case study with Aedes aegypti mosquitoes. Memorias Do Instituto Oswaldo Cruz 98:665-672 access

Wyatt TD & Birch MC (2001) Finding a mate - tapping behaviour and deathwatch beetle communication, mate location, and mate choice. English Heritage Research Transactions 4:15-23

Hardie J, Gibson G & Wyatt TD (2001) Insect behaviours associated with resource finding. In: Insect Movement: Mechanisms and Consequences. Royal Entomological Society 20th Symposium, (eds Woiwod IP, DR Reynolds & CD Thomas). CABI, Wallingford, pp. 87-109.

Rojas JC, Wyatt TD & Birch MC (2000) Flight and oviposition behavior toward different host plant species by the cabbage moth, Mamestra brassicae (L.) (Lepidoptera : Noctuidae). Journal of Insect Behavior 13:247-254

Rojas JC & Wyatt TD (1999) Role of visual cues and interaction with host odour during the host-finding behaviour of the cabbage moth. Entomol exp appl 91:59-65

Rojas JC & Wyatt TD (1999) The role of pre- and post-imaginal experience in the host-finding and oviposition behaviour of the cabbage moth. Physiological Entomology 24:83-89

Fadamiro HY, Wyatt TD & Birch MC (1998) Flying beetles respond as moths predict: Optomotor anemotaxis to pheromone plumes at different heights. Journal of Insect Behavior 11:549-557

Wyatt TD (1997) Methods in studying insect behaviour. In: Methods in Ecological and Agricultural Entomology. (eds Dent DR & Walton MP). CABI, Wallingford, pp. 27- 56  pdf

Wyatt TD (1997) Putting pheromones to work: paths forward for direct control. In: Pheromone Research: New Directions (eds Cardé RT & Minks AK). Chapman & Hall, NY pp. 445-459 pdf

Wyatt TD, Vastiau K, & MC Birch (1997) Orientation of flying male Anobium punctatum (Coleoptera: Anobiidae) to sex pheromone: separating effects of visual stimuli and physical barriers to wind. Physiological Entomology 22:191-196

Fadamiro HY, Wyatt TD, & MC Birch (1996) Flight behaviour of Prostephanus truncatus in relation to population-density, resource quality, age, and sex. J of Insect Behavior 9:339-351

Fadamiro HY & Wyatt TD (1996) Factors influencing response of flying Prostephanus truncatus to its male-produced aggregation pheromone. Physiological Entomology 21:179-187

Fadamiro HY, Wyatt TD, & Hall DR (1996) Behavioural response of Prostephanus truncatus (Horn) (Coleoptera: Bostrichidae) to the individual components of its pheromone in a flight tunnel: discrimination between two odour sources. Journal of Stored Products Research 32:163-170

Fadamiro HY & Wyatt TD (1995) Flight behaviour of Prostephanus truncatus in relation to time of day, temperature, relative humidity and starvation. Entomologia exp appl 75:273-277

Goulson D, MC Birch, & TD Wyatt (1994) Mate location in the deathwatch beetle, Xestobium rufovillosum De Geer (Anobiidae): orientation to substrate vibrations. Animal Behaviour 47:899-907

Wyatt TD (1994) News & views: Moth flights of fancy. Nature 369:98-99

Wyatt TD, Phillips A, & Grégoire J-C (1993) Turbulence, trees and semiochemicals: windtunnel orientation of the predator, Rhizophagus grandis, to its bark beetle prey, Dendroctonus micans. Physiological Entomol 18:204-210 pdf

Goulson D, MC Birch, & TD Wyatt (1993) Paternal investment in relation to size in the death-watch beetle, Xestobium rufovillosum, and evidence for female selection for large mates. J of Insect Behavior 6:539-547

Phillips ADG & Wyatt TD (1992) Beyond origami: using behavioural observations as a strategy to improve trap design. Entomologia exp appl 62:67-74 pdf

Wainhouse DW, Wyatt TD, Phillips A, Kelly DR, Barghian M, Beech-Garwood P, Cross D, & Howell RS (1991) Response of the predator Rhizophagus grandis to host-plant derived chemicals in Dendroctonus micans larval frass in laboratory wind tunnel experiments. Chemoecology 2:55-63

Wyatt TD & Foster WA (1989) Leaving home: subsocial behaviour by a saltmarsh beetle and predation by the carabid beetle, Dichierotrichus gustavi. Animal Behaviour 38:778-785

Wyatt TD & Foster WA (1989) Parental care in the subsocial intertidal beetle, Bledius spectabilis, in relation to parasitism by the ichneumonid wasp, Barycnemis blediator. Behaviour 110:76-92 pdf

Chapman RF, Bernays EA, & Wyatt TD (1988) Chemical aspects of host-plant specificity in three Larrea-feeding grasshoppers. Journal of Chemical Ecology 14:561-579

Wyatt TD & Foster WA (1988) Distribution and abundance of the intertidal beetle, Bledius spectabilis. Ecological Entomology 13:453-464 pdf

Wyatt TD (1986) How a saltmarsh beetle, Bledius spectabilis, prevents flooding and anoxia in its burrow. Behavioral ecology and sociobiology 19:323-331 pdf

Popular science writing for a wider audience

Wyatt TD (2015) Sexing up the human pheromone story: How a corporation started a scientific myth. The Guardian Science Head quarters. 4 March 2015

Wyatt TD (2008) Invisible signalling: pheromones. In: Benton MJ (ed.) The seventy great mysteries of the natural world. Unlocking the secrets of our planet.Thames & Hudson, London. pp 241-243 link

Wyatt TD (2005) ‘Pheromones’ inFusion, Independent newspaper (schools careers supplement)

Wyatt TD (2002) Pheromones. In: O'Toole C (ed.) The new encyclopedia of insects and their allies. OUP pp 30-33.

Wyatt TD (1993) Submarine beetles. Natural History (American Museum of Natural History, NY) July:6-9 pdf

Wyatt TD (1987) Habitat and mothercare. New Scientist 8 October 1987. 116:(1581)50-53

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