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Pheromones and animal behavior
TD Wyatt (2014) (2nd edition)

Winner, Best Postgraduate Textbook Prize, Society of Biology 2014.

The judges wrote:

"Revised and extended since the first edition, this splendid, comprehensive resource covers both classic ideas in the field of chemical communication as well as recent advances, such as the surprising discovery that the chemoreceptors of insects and vertebrates evolved independently. ... more"

From the blurb: "Pheromones and other kinds of chemical communication underlie the behavior of all animals. Building on the strengths of the first edition, widely recognized as the leading text in the subject, this is a comprehensive overview of how pheromones work. Extensively revised and expanded to cover advances made over the last ten years, the book offers a thorough exploration of the evolutionary and behavioral contexts of chemical communication along with a detailed introduction to the molecular and neural basis of signal perception through olfaction. At a time of ever increasing specialization, Wyatt offers a unique synthesis, integrating examples across the animal kingdom. A final chapter critically considers human pheromones and the importance of olfaction to human biology. Its breadth of coverage and readability make the book an unrivaled resource for students and researchers in a range of fields from chemistry, genetics, genomics, molecular biology and neuroscience to ecology, evolution and behavior."

2014 | Paperback (Hardback) | ~420 pages ; ISBN 9780521130196 Cambridge University Press

in USA

Endorsements of the second edition:

'Tristram Wyatt's Pheromones and Animal Behavior takes us on an interdisciplinary voyage along one of the most ancient communication channels. He explores, in depth, how chemical signals and signature mixtures shape social interactions, and why. I enjoyed his writing style, which also makes the book accessible to non-specialists. This excellent second edition is heavily revised and enriched. It unravels some of the mysteries of the world of pheromones, explaining what they are, their origins, functions, evolution, and the communication purposes they serve in a large variety of animals. Wyatt takes us through a well-judged range of examples of some of the amazing chemical communication strategies, from ants right up to the scent of human attraction. The book is far-reaching, inspiring, and brilliantly illustrated.'
- Patrizia d'Ettorre, University of Paris 13, Sorbonne Paris Cité

'This thoroughly modern revision of the classic first edition is an amazing journey through the landscape of pheromones. Tristram Wyatt engagingly covers a vast territory, deftly condensing thousands of important academic papers into a lively, informative, and richly illustrated book. Everything from insects to the possibility of sexy secretions from humans is covered from the points of view of neuroethology, chemistry, molecular biology, and more. The book is a must-read for any undergraduate or graduate student or working scientist interested in a singular comprehensive resource on this fascinating topic.'
- Leslie B. Vosshall, Rockefeller University, New York

'By highlighting the power of pheromones, this book illustrates how chemical signals rule the animal kingdom. Wyatt challengingly dissects the phenomena derived from chemical communication at molecule, receptor, and neural levels, based on an enormous range of information from past and recent literatures … I like his point that the importance of chemistry in understanding pheromone action should be re-emphasized, given the recent trends in science that rely too much on molecular biology and neuroscience techniques. This book can be used as a textbook for students but also for researchers, as … Wyatt gives many valuable insights that direct readers into the research. I cannot help thinking that I will cite this book in all research papers that I will publish in the future. The book is too perfect and insightful to imagine that another new edition would publish while I am still alive.'
- Kazushige Touhara, University of Tokyo

'Understanding other animals is a matter of seeing the world through their eyes - but awkwardly, for us humans, most animals experience the world primarily through their noses (or equivalent), and to 'see' the world through another organism's nose requires the greatest ingenuity. Remarkably, the fruits of just such enthralling ingenuity is exactly what Tristram Wyatt delivers to us in this rivetingly interesting book, which synthesises cutting-edge research from biochemistry to behavioural ecology, demonstrating en route that what is eye-openingly fascinating can also be life-changingly useful. As Wyatt observes, we live in a chemical world, and this lucidly written and intelligently illustrated book sets the nostrils aquiver as we catch the scent of a new reality.'
- David W. Macdonald, Wildlife Conservation Research Unit, University of Oxford

Reviews of the first edition:

"Pheromones are by far the most important signals used by organisms of all kinds. Wyatt's book is an excellent text and review: up-to-date, comprehensive, balanced, detailed, clearly written, and nicely illustrated."
- Edward O. Wilson, Harvard

"Wyatt demonstrates an impressive grasp of the literature and has written a most enjoyable and informative textbook (one that I read non-stop). ... The introductory chapter, 'Animals in a chemical world' is the best overview ofpheromones that I have ever come across, and worth reading by itself if you have no time or interest to read the entire book. ... It is no exaggeration that, as the teaser of Wyatt's book claims,'[this book] is the first to cover the whole animal kingdom at this level for 25 years'."
- Peter Mombaerts in Nature Neuroscience (2004) 7:201

"Wyatt's book is a remarkable summary of a growing and exciting field of discovery. ... A particular strength is the concise presentation of the theoretical background to each major topic, enabling readers unfamiliar with the topic to appreciate fully how the pheromones under scrutiny have
evolved. ... For those interested in olfaction, this book is excellent both as an introduction to the field and as a refresher of a vast, growing and exciting literature."
- S. Craig Roberts in Animal Behaviour (2003) 66:804-805

More and full reviews of the book are here


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2nd edition book contents
  1. Animals in a chemical world;
  2. Methods for identifying and studying semiochemicals;
  3. Pheromones, chemical cues and sexual selection;
  4. Coming together and keeping apart;
  5. Territorial behavior, pheromones and signature mixtures;
  6. Semiochemicals and social organization;
  7. Pheromones and recruitment communication;
  8. Fight-or-flight: alarm pheromones and cues;
  9. Perception and response to chemical communication: from chemosensory receptors to brains, behavior & development;
  10. Finding the source;
  11. Breaking the code;
  12. Using semiochemicals;
  13. On the scent of human attraction;

    Appendix: An introduction to chemical terms for non-chemists




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