Type: Chapter

The role and application of olfaction in crop plantpollinator interactions


Sarah E. J. Arnold

Natural Resources Institute (NRI) – University of Greenwich (United Kingdom)

Alison S. Scott-Brown

University of Cambridge (United Kingdom)

Philip Stevenson

Royal Botanic Gardens Kew (United Kingdom)

Publication date:

19 December 2022

ID: 9781801467483

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This chapter introduces the background and theory underpinning use of odours by insects in pollination, discusses how flowers produce odours and highlights issues specific to crops such as selective breeding. It then explores current technologies and case studies in which natural or synthetic odours on or near the crop, and the interaction with insects, influences visitation, pollination success and yield.

Table of contents

  • 1 Introduction
  • 2 Key challenges
  • 3 Case studies
  • 4 Summary
  • 5 Future trends
  • 6 Conclusion
  • 7 Where to look for further information
  • 8 References