Olfactory Receptor Response to the Cockroach Sexual Attractant

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Science  23 Aug 1963:
Vol. 141, Issue 3582, pp. 716-717
DOI: 10.1126/science.141.3582.716


The recently isolated sex attractant of the female American cockroach elicits an electical response in the antennae of males, females, and mymphs of this species. These electroantennograms are known to be summated receptor (generator) potentials of many olfactory sensillae stimulated simultaneously. Many other odorous substances also elicit such responses in the cockroach antenna.