Olfaction

  • Vanderbilt University

    Decoding ants’ coat of many odors

    A team of biologists report a major advance in deciphering the molecular genetics underlying the ant's high-definition sense of smell, an ability that underpins their highly complex society. Read More

    Jul. 10, 2017

  • Mosquito sperm

    Mosquito sperm have a sense of smell

    Vanderbilt biologists have discovered that mosquito sperm have a “sense of smell” and that some of same chemicals that the mosquito can smell cause the sperm to swim harder. Read More

    Feb. 3, 2014

  • Mole Smell Vanderbilt

    Evidence moles can smell in stereo

    Neuroscientist Kenneth Catania has resolved a long-standing scientific debate by showing that the common mole can smell in stereo. Read More

    Feb. 5, 2013

  • Vanderbilt University

    Zwiebel Lab adds ants to its research repertoire

    After more than a decade spent successfully decoding the malaria mosquito’s sense of smell, the Zwiebel Lab has added ant olfaction to its research repertoire and has just received a major grant to pursue this new avenue for the next four years. Read More

    Sep. 13, 2012

  • Scene 2011 Innovations

    Nashville innovations

    Ants are covered with a “coat of many odors.” It’s a waxy layer that covers their bodies and is the source of the complex aromas that ants use to communicate. These odorant blends act like biochemical uniforms, identifying individual ants by caste, colony and species. In so doing it… Read More

    Aug. 23, 2011