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Olfaction in Animal Behaviour and Welfare

Olfaction in Animal Behaviour and Welfare

Edited by B Nielsen, Institute Nationale de Recherche Agronomique (INRA), France

June 2017 / Paperback / 234 Pages / 9781786391599 £45.00 / €60.00 / $75.00
With 10% online discount: £40.50 / €54.00 / $67.50
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Main Description

Evidence-based, yet entirely practical, this important new text builds upon the basics of neuroscience to describe the links between olfaction and animal behaviour, and the effects of odours in animal welfare. Animals use smells in a multitude of ways: to orientate themselves, to create social bonds, to recognise food, to initiate reproduction, and to avoid predators and imminent threats such as fire.

Starting from the scientific basis of olfaction and odour perception, the book covers pheromones and behavioural tests, before describing the role of olfaction in feeding behaviour, reproduction, disease detection, and animal housing. The book:

· is written in an evidence-based way, yet with an easy-to-understand style, making it accessible to non-experts
· focuses on animals managed by humans, i.e. farm, zoo, lab and companion species
· is illustrated by in-depth research examples of many different species

This is a captivating introduction to the world of smells, suitable for advanced students, researchers, and teachers of applied ethology, animal welfare and veterinary science.


Suitable for students, researchers and teachers of applied ethology, animal welfare, and veterinary science.

  • Section 1: Setting the Scene
  • Chapter 1: The Nuts and Bolts of Olfaction
  • Chapter 2: Innateness and Learning in Olfactory Behaviour and Odour Perception
  • Chapter 3: Semiochemicals: Pheromones, Signature Mixtures and Behaviour
  • Chapter 4: Behavioural Tests of Olfaction
  • Chapter 5: Is There Such a Thing as a Bad Smell?
  • Section 2: The Role of Olfaction
  • Chapter 6: The Role of Olfaction in Feeding and Foraging
  • Chapter 7: The Role of Olfaction in Mate Selection and Reproductive Behaviour
  • Chapter 8: The Role of Olfaction in Maternal Care and Offspring Survival
  • Chapter 9: The Role of Olfaction in Disease Detection and Prevention
  • Chapter 10: The Role of Olfaction in Relation to Stress and Fear
  • Chapter 11: The Role of Olfaction in Animal Housing and as Enrichment
  • Section 3: Olfactory Behaviour
  • Chapter 12: Olfactory Behaviour in Farm Animals
  • Chapter 13: Olfactory Behaviour in Zoo Animals
  • Chapter 14: Olfactory Behaviour in Laboratory Animals
  • Chapter 15: Olfactory Behaviour in Companion Animals

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