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Bio-pheromones successfully tested in field trials

November 18, 2019

The EU-funded OLEFINE project has now proven the efficacy of non-toxic, non-chemical bio-based pheromones both in the laboratory…
Pheromones Give Nematodes a Boost in Controlling Pests

July 26, 2019

Beneficial nematodes are used as biological control agents to fight a variety of insect pests that severely damage…
Worm pheromones protect major crops, scientists find

July 26, 2019

Protecting crops from pests and pathogens without using toxic pesticides has been a longtime goal of farmers. Researchers…
Wool odour could be key to protecting sheep from flystrike

July 24, 2019

A global research project led by The University of Western Australia in collaboration with the Department of Primary…
Baby’s tears and mom’s libido

November 6, 2018

A substance in young mice’s tears makes female mice more likely to reject male sexual advances. This research…
New insights into the chemical communication of stink bugs with implications for pest control

August 21, 2018

For stink bugs to attract a mate or to communicate that they have found food, they use their…
LC10 – the neuron that tracks fruit flies

July 20, 2018

Many animals rely on vision to detect, locate, and track moving objects. Male Drosophila fruit flies primarily use visual cues…
Pheromones in fight against pests

June 19, 2018

When the idea for the start-up—BioPhero—began to form in her mind three to four years ago, DTU researcher…
Moth females use scent proximity to attract mates

December 29, 2017

Female moths deemed unworthy or unattractive to male moths can increase their odds of attracting a mate by…
Unattractive moths increase their chances of mating by being close to attractive ones

December 24, 2017

Rude people often say that pretty girls should hang out with ugly ones just to make their beauty…
Food odour enhances male flies’ attractiveness

October 31, 2017

“A way to someone’s heart is through their stomach” is a popular saying. But it is not only…
Luring Hornets: Scientists Unlock Sex Pheromone of Notorious Honey Bee Predator

October 16, 2017

Over the past decade, Asian hornets, predatory insects with a widespread and expanding population, have invaded parts of…
Capturing the body odour of mammals

September 20, 2017

Mammals communicate with each other using olfactory cues. This way they recognize relatives or friends or find a…
Pheromone genes could dictate colony structure of the red fire ant

August 24, 2017

These odorant binding proteins (OBPs) are encoded by genes which form part of a so-called social chromosome, according…
The irresistible fragrance of dying vinegar flies

August 17, 2017

Vinegar flies should normally try to avoid their sick conspecifics to prevent becoming infected themselves. Nevertheless, as researchers…
Sexually deceptive spider orchids fool wasps

May 8, 2017

Scientists at The University of Western Australia, in collaboration with researchers from The Australian National University, have uncovered…
Do human pheromones exist? Scientists say that there is no evidence that they do

March 15, 2017

Sometimes it looks like we know more about animals than about ourselves. For example, do you know if…
Do pheromones exist in humans?

March 9, 2017

Researchers from The University of Western Australia have conducted a study to test if the chemicals androstadienone (AND)…
The call of the dung

September 15, 2016

Like many other insects, vinegar flies produce pheromones to call their conspecifics to an interesting food source. A…
Long-term exposure to female scent changes courtship behavior in male mice

August 19, 2016

Over time, males lose ability to detect female scent Few things are as interesting to a male mouse…
Fish courtship pheromone uses the brain’s smell pathway

May 30, 2016

Research at the RIKEN Brain Science Institute in Japan has revealed that a molecule involved in fish reproduction…
Self-exposure to a male pheromone enhances male aggressiveness in mice

May 12, 2016

UTokyo researchers discovered that the male pheromone ESP1 found in tears not only induces sexual responses in females,…
Mouse urine reveals mechanism for individual scents

March 14, 2016

Most mammals communicate information about their individual identity, territory, gender, mating potential and even health status through scents…
What a moth’s nose knows

February 1, 2016

Moths sniff out others of their own species using specific pheromone blends. So if you transplant an antenna…
Sea Lamprey Mating Pheromone Registered by U.S. EPA as First Vertebrate Pheromone Biopesticide

January 6, 2016

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency registered a sea lamprey mating pheromone, 3kPZS, as the first ever vertebrate pheromone…
Their enemy’s sex pheromone helps flies protect their offspring

December 18, 2015

Females of the vinegar fly Drosophila melanogaster show an especially strong response to the odour of their most…
Scientists sniff out female mouse scents that make males frisky​​

November 13, 2015

Scientists have identified two chemical scents in the urine of female mice that arouse sexual behavior in males,…
Bees to scientists: “We’re more complicated than you think”

October 22, 2015

Chemical signaling among social insects, such as bees, ants and wasps, is more complex than previously thought, according…
Worm pheromones trigger plant defenses, study finds

July 24, 2015

Plants can sense parasitic roundworms in the soil by picking up on their chemical signals, a team of…
Study finds males may contribute to offspring’s mental development before pregnancy

July 1, 2015

A new study from Indiana University provides evidence in mice that males may play a positive role in…
How Longhorned Beetles Find Mr. Right

May 29, 2015

Smelling good is just part of what some beetles must do to find a mate. They have to…
Can pheromones get you a date?

February 12, 2015

Is there such a thing as love at first smell? There are hundreds of spray-on pheromone products that…
Identification of a pheromone that transmits danger signals in rats

January 5, 2015

Animals release specific odors into the air when they are stressed, and these odors increase anxiety in conspecifics.…
The chemistry of cats: On catnip, pheromones and kitty litter

November 25, 2014

They are seemingly the most popular thing on the Internet, the subject of millions of videos and hundreds…
Researchers identify a pheromone in the urine of male tilapia fish that stimulates spawning in females

September 1, 2014

The exchange of chemical signals between organisms is considered the oldest form of communication. Acting as messenger molecules,…
Similarities in moth pheromone synthesis and human stress/appetite control

August 6, 2014

The successful propagation of many moth species is dependent on the female’s ability to attract conspecific (same-species) males…
Follow your nose: olfactory system drives socio-sexual behavior in mammals

June 11, 2014

As mammals, we have evolved quite a role for our noses in driving our social behavior. So known…
On the Trail of Fire Ant Pheromones

April 14, 2014

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) scientists are developing innovative techniques to combat one of the world’s worst invasive species,…
Researchers trap moths with plant-produced sex pheromone

February 27, 2014

A collaborative experiment involving a Kansas State University biochemist may mark the beginning of an effective, environmentally friendly…
Research shows copepods use pheromones to find mates

January 29, 2014

Copepod. Credit: Uwe Kils/Wikipedia Copepods are tiny crustaceans, only millimeters long. Distributed sparsely in sea and fresh water,…
Single class of queen pheromones stops worker reproduction in ants, bees and wasps

January 17, 2014

A new study by a team of KU Leuven and international researchers has found that the chemical structure…
Discovery of a juvenile mouse pheromone that inhibits sexual behavior

October 4, 2013

In mice, social behavior is driven by pheromones that encode information related to age, sex, and physiological state.…
Juvenile mice secrete a protective pheromone in their tears, blocking adult mating

October 3, 2013

Nocturnal animals need their noses to stay alive. Mice, among others, depend on their impressive olfactory powers to…
Enhanced Lure Proves Irresistible to Orchard Pest

July 8, 2013

New lures that entice codling moths with the scent of food and a possible mate are helping tree…
Love at First Sniff: Male Moths Go by First Impressions

April 18, 2013

An international team of researchers, including an entomologist at the University of California, Riverside, has an explanation for…
Female butterflies can smell if a male butterfly is inbred

March 11, 2013

The mating success of male butterflies is often lower if they are inbred. But how do female butterflies…
Towards a new moth perfume

February 26, 2013

A single mutation in a moth gene has been shown to be able to produce an entirely new…
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