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Vertebrate pheromones and other semiochemicals: the potential for accommodating complexity in signalling by volatile compounds for vertebrate management

Pickett, John A., Barasa, Stephen and Birkett, Michael A. 2014. Vertebrate pheromones and other semiochemicals: the potential for accommodating complexity in signalling by volatile compounds for vertebrate management. Biochemical Society Transactions 42 (4) , pp. 846-850. 10.1042/BST20140134

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Abstract

The interaction between volatile and non-volatile, e.g. proteinaceous, components of pheromone and other semiochemical-based signalling systems presents a daunting set of problems for exploitation in the management of vertebrates, good or bad. Aggravating this is the complexity of the mixtures involved with pheromones, not only by definition associated with each species, but also with individual members of that species and their positions within their immediate communities. Nonetheless, already in some contexts, particularly where signals are perceived at other trophic levels from those of the vertebrates, e.g. by arthropods, reductionist approaches can be applied whereby the integrity of complex volatile mixtures is maintained, but perturbed by augmentation with individual components. In the present article, this is illustrated for cattle husbandry, fish farming and human health. So far, crude formulations have been used to imitate volatile semiochemical interactions with non-volatile components, but new approaches must be developed to accommodate more sophisticated interactions and not least the activities of the non-volatile, particularly proteinaceous components, currently being deduced.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Chemistry
Publisher: Portland Press
ISSN: 0300-5127
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 26 February 2019
Last Modified: 26 Feb 2019 10:25
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/106798

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