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The Structure of Environmental Odor Signals: From Turbulent Dispersion to Movement through Boundary Layers and Mucus

  • Paul A. Moore
  • Jelle Atema
  • Greg A. Gerhardt

Abstract

Chemical signals play a major role in the lives of many animals, such as orientation to odor sources, the identification of food, and selection of mates. During the journey from the odor source (e.g., food source) to the “receiver” (either receptor appendage, organ, or cell), the chemical signal is influenced by many different dispersal processes including molecular diffusion, bulk advection, boundary layer flows, and impulsive flows created from sampling structures. The purpose of this report is to outline the present state of knowledge of the structure of chemical signals under the processes mentioned above and how these function together to form the environmental odor signals to which animals respond.

Keywords

Boundary Layer Chemical Signal Receptor Site Hermit Crab Mucus Layer 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Paul A. Moore
    • 1
  • Jelle Atema
    • 2
  • Greg A. Gerhardt
    • 1
  1. 1.Departments of Psychiatry and PharmacologyUniversity of Colorado Health Sciences CenterDenverUSA
  2. 2.Boston University Marine ProgramMarine Biological LaboratoryWoods HoleUSA

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