The Power of Pheromones and Sexual Attraction

Lets discuss the synthetic (and more potent) versions of the original pheromone molecules. Organic chemist Clive Jennings-White led the research, publishing his findings in a paper titled “Perfumery and the Sixth Sense.” Jennings-White discovered that two substances extracted from human skin have significant effects on the VNO: estratetraenol and androstadienone. …

Continue reading

Appraisal of Pheromone bioassays

It is not easy to devise bioassays to determine the function of the components of the Nasonov pheromone when they probably interact in a complex way and perhaps have different functions in different behavioural situations. It is possible that some components are especially effective in stimulating alight- ing. Nearly all …

Continue reading

Pheromone Bioassay: foraging

When tested singly (E)-citral, (Z)-citral, geraniol, nerolic acid and geranic acid induced the bees to release Nasonov pheromone in the tunnel, and mixtures lacking only one of these components stimulated pheromone release less effecively. In contrast to the other components, (E,E)-farnesol and nerol did not encourage Nasonov exposure when tested …

Continue reading