SIGNALING AND RECEPTION IN THE
VOLATILE WORLD OF INSECT OLFACTION
Department of Biological Sciences
University of Notre Dame
Insects interpret the rich chemical landscape around them through a combination of physiological and behavioral adaptations. I will discuss how different insects employ olfaction as a key sensory modality in mate, host and habitat selection, and how the underlying chemical signals can be unveiled using a variety of analytical, genetic, molecular, sensory physiological and behavioral techniques. I will highlight how this basic understanding of arthropods neuroethology can lead to the development of novel attractants (Syed and Guerin, 2004, J Insect Physiol; Syed and Leal, 2009, PNAS) and repellents (Syed and Leal, 2008 PNAS; Syed et al 2011 PLoS One). Finally, I will discuss on how genome analysis is yielding novel insights into the evolution of olfactory systems in changing landscapes (Rund et al, 2013 Nature Scientific Reports; Reidenbach et al 2014, Parasites & Vectors).