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The Physics and Biology of Olfaction and Taste

Simo Hemilä and Tom Reuter

in Sensory Evolution on the Threshold

Published by University of California Press

Published in print April 2008 | ISBN: 9780520252783
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520934122 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520252783.003.0002
The Physics and Biology of Olfaction and Taste

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This chapter discusses vertebrate chemoreception and focuses on three important chemosensory systems: olfaction, vomeronasal sense, and gustation. It reviews the basics of diffusion and the factors relevant for the spread of biological signal molecules. It also discusses odorants and detection of chemical stimuli.

Keywords: chemoreception; olfaction; vomeronasal sense; gustation; diffusion; odorants; chemical stimuli

Chapter.  2618 words. 

Subjects: Zoology and Animal Sciences

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