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Transduction Mechanism in Olfaction and Gustation

Naturevolume 222pages12631264 (1969) | Download Citation



THE natures of energy transformations between animals and their environments are poorly understood1 and in particular the mechanisms of olfaction and gustation remain unknown2. Here I report evidence which suggests a quinone-quinol (oxidation-reduction) transduction of stimulant energy from olfactory and gustatory chemicals into the nervous system of the beetle, Scolytus multistriatus.

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  1. Department of Entomology, University of Wisconsin, Madison

    • D. M. NORRIS


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