© 1986

Ontogeny of Olfaction

Principles of Olfactory Maturation in Vertebrates

  • Winrich Breipohl
  • Raimund Apfelbach

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XI
  2. Introduction

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. R. L. Doty
      Pages 3-17
  3. Principles of Neuronal Cell Proliferation

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 19-19
    2. W. Breipohl, A. Mackay-Sim, D. Grandt, B. Rehn, C. Darrelmann
      Pages 21-33
  4. Morphological Maturation of the Olfactory Periphery

  5. Postnatal Maturation of the Olfactory Bulb

  6. Maturation of Tertiary Olfactory Centers

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 175-175
    2. J. E. Schwob, B. Friedman, J. L. Price
      Pages 177-198

About this book


The impacts of specifically experienced external and internal environments upon phylogenetically established pathways of ontogenetic development seem to be responsible for the intra-species variation of organisms. Therefore normal function, as well as disorders of sensory systems, can often be better understood by considering the principles of ontogenetic maturation and the time schedule of environmental influences during that period. Sensory organs and systems have long been considered to be hereditally determin­ ed for their analysis of the environment. However, it is becoming more and more clear that their specificity depends also upon the sequence and nature of environ­ mental impacts, impacts during highly sensitive periods of postnatal life being most effective. The present book, using an interdisciplinary approach, has brought together various descriptions of developmental processes for one of the phylogenetically oldest sensory analytical circuits, the olfactory system. Although investigations of a wide range of vertebrates are included, from marsupials to man, the main attention was given to rodents, the most frequently used experimental animal in this fields of research. Authors have been asked for reviews and original considerations on the rationales of developmental principles in the olfactory system, and wherever appropriate to highlight its uniqueness or similarities with other parts of the nervous system. Authors were also asked to consider future needs of research in their fields, to describe their own approaches in this context, and to outline general horizons of neurodevelopmental research.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Winrich Breipohl
    • 1
  • Raimund Apfelbach
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of AnatomyUniversity of QueenslandSt. Lucia/BrisbaneAustralia
  2. 2.Institut für Biologie IIIUniversität TübingenTübingenGermany

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Ontogeny of Olfaction
  • Book Subtitle Principles of Olfactory Maturation in Vertebrates
  • Editors Winrich Breipohl
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1986
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-540-17064-8
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-642-71578-5
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-642-71576-1
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XII, 268
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Neurosciences
    Cell Biology
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