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Insect Sex Pheromone Research and Beyond

From Molecules to Robots

  • Yukio Ishikawa

Part of the Entomology Monographs book series (ENTMON)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Chemistry of Sex Pheromones

  3. Biosynthesis of Sex Pheromones

  4. Reception of Sex Pheromones

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 183-183
    2. Yusuke Shiota, Takeshi Sakurai
      Pages 185-205
    3. Hidefumi Mitsuno, Takeshi Sakurai, Ryohei Kanzaki
      Pages 221-240
  5. Mechanisms Controlling Behavior and Its Application to Robotics

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 241-241
    2. Shigehiro Namiki, Ryohei Kanzaki
      Pages 243-264
    3. Teun Dekker, Zsolt Kárpáti
      Pages 265-286
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 315-321

About this book


This book provides a complete overview of cutting-edge research on insect sex pheromones and pheromone communication systems. The coverage ranges from the chemistry, biosynthesis, and reception of sex pheromones to the control of odor-source searching behavior, and from molecules to the application of research findings to robotics. The book both summarizes the progress of studies conducted using Bombyx mori and several groups of moths and reviews sex pheromones of some non-lepidopteran insect groups of agricultural importance. Attention is drawn to recent findings on elaborate neural information processing in the brain in male moths and to the importance of olfactory receptors specifically tuned to sex pheromone molecules. Featuring contributions from leading experts on the topic, this book will be a unique and valuable resource for researchers and students in the fields of entomology, chemical ecology, insect physiology and biochemistry, evolution, biomimetics, and bioengineering. In addition to researchers, general insect lovers will find the book fascinating for its descriptions of the marvelous abilities of insects and the underlying mechanisms involved.


Sex pheromones Biosynthesis Olfactory receptors Chemical sensors Robotics Neural processing Biomimetics Insect pheromones Pheromone molecules

Editors and affiliations

  • Yukio Ishikawa
    • 1
  1. 1.Laboratory of Applied Entomology, Graduate School of Agricultural and Life Sciences, The University of Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan, Laboratory of Applied Entomology, Faculty of AgricultureSetsunan UniversityOsakaJapan

About the editors

Yukio Ishikawa 
Graduate School of Agricultural and Life Sciences
The University of Tokyo
Tokyo, Japan

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Insect Sex Pheromone Research and Beyond
  • Book Subtitle From Molecules to Robots
  • Editors Yukio Ishikawa
  • Series Title Entomology Monographs
  • Series Abbreviated Title Entomology Monographs
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Nature Singapore Pte Ltd. 2020
  • Publisher Name Springer, Singapore
  • eBook Packages Biomedical and Life Sciences Biomedical and Life Sciences (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-981-15-3081-4
  • Softcover ISBN 978-981-15-3084-5
  • eBook ISBN 978-981-15-3082-1
  • Series ISSN 2522-526X
  • Series E-ISSN 2522-5278
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages X, 321
  • Number of Illustrations 53 b/w illustrations, 31 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Entomology
    Animal Biochemistry
    Animal Physiology
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