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Animal Movement Across Scales$
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Lars-Anders Hansson and Susanne Åkesson

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199677184

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199677184.001.0001

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Movements in the olfactory landscape

Movements in the olfactory landscape

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(p.195) Chapter 11 Movements in the olfactory landscape
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Animal Movement Across Scales
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Glenn P. Svensson

Maria Strandh

Christer Löfstedt

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199677184.003.0011

This chapter examines the nature of odour dispersal, the evolution of olfactory-guided movement, and olfactory search strategies in diverse animal groups. Although different taxonomic groups have evolved different sensory organs for odour detection and different olfactory receptor repertoire, the resulting paths of navigation to attractive odours are strikingly similar. Such patterns are independent of type of movement. One key feature of olfactory search is to use the wind (anemotaxis) or water flow (rheotaxis). How animals track odour plumes and trails has mainly been derived from experiments over short spatial scales in laboratory settings. Newly developed techniques for tracking animal movements over landscape scales such as harmonic radar and GPS monitoring will allow novel insights into olfactory search, as well as for the potential implementations of bio-inspired search algorithms derived from studies on olfactory-guided movements into underwater vehicles for various applications. Similar systems may become available in terrestrial environments.

Keywords:   odour tracking, odour plume, olfactory receptor, anemotaxis, rheotaxis, harmonic radar, GPS monitoring

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