Olfaction, taste and chemoreception: scientific evidence replaces “Essays in biopoetry”
Giovanni Appendino, Mark Brönstrup and Julia Kubanek introduce the Natural Product Reports themed issue on ‘Olfaction, taste and chemoreception’.
Contact chemosensation of phytochemicals by insect herbivores
Contact chemosensation, or tasting, enables insect herbivores to identify nonvolatile metabolites in complex mixtures present in plants. The interplay of primary and secondary plant metabolites with gustatory receptors is outlined.
Decoding chemical communication in nematodes
We highlight recent studies that are uncovering the specific biological roles of individual ascaroside pheromones in nematodes.
Human cell-based taste perception – a bittersweet job for industry
On the molecular level humans sense food by a variety of specialized tissues which express sensory receptors to handle nutritive value.
The role of metals in mammalian olfaction of low molecular weight organosulfur compounds
We highlight the role that copper and other metals play in mammalian olfaction of low molecular weight organosulfur compounds from both natural and non-natural sources.
Taste and smell in aquatic and terrestrial environments
The review summarizes results up to 2017 on chemosensory cues occurring in both aquatic and terrestrial environments.
Finding food: how marine invertebrates use chemical cues to track and select food
This review covers recent research on how marine invertebrates use chemical cues to find and select food.
About this collection
Natural Product Reports is delighted to present a themed issue dedicated to the role of natural products in olfaction, taste and chemoreception. The Guest Editors for this issue are Professors Julia Kubanek, Mark Bronstrup, Giovanni Appendino.