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silkmoth_maleChemical signals are the main channel of communication in animals especially arthropods. The signals are used in sexual attraction, aggregation, trail following, recruitment, defense, host location, and in many behavioural functions. Since the discovery of the sex pheromone of the silk worm, Bombyx mori in 1959, considerable data on the identification of the chemical signals that govern all types of animal behaviour and interactions with the surrounding environment have been published in the literature.
The main objective of The Pherobase is to convert scientific data and knowledge from the literature and published peer-reviewed information about behavioural modifying chemicals into electronically searchable database entries. The Pherobase is extensively linked, user-friendly, easy to understand and to follow. Currently, there are over 30,000 entries, 3500 semiochemicals and around 8000 organic compounds, and over 100,000 static php pages that make it the world’s largest database of behaviour modifying chemicals. In addition, mass spectral data, NMR, synthesis data for more than 3500 semiochemicals are included.
We are working very hard to make The Pherobase comprehensive, reliable and as complete as possible. Access to The Pherobase is entirely free, it is intended for both scientific and non-scientific communities. For scientists, we expect it will aid and accelerate the process of semiochemicals identification and it will provide an overview of the hetero-specific overlap in the chemical signals between different animal groups. For non-scientists, it is an entertainment site to demonstrate different animal working very hard to make The Pherobase comprehensive, reliable and as complete as possible. Access to The Pherobase is intended for both scientific and non-scientific communities. For scientists, we expect it will aid and accelerates the process of semiochemicals identification, for non-scientists, it is an entertainment site to demonstrate different animal groups, and different classes of molecules involved in chemical communication and much more. In addition, we expect that the Pherobase will be valuable resource for teachers and students studying natural science. We hope you enjoy your visit to The Pherobase. Contributions from scientists will be greatly appreciated and acknowledged. If you want to send your discoveries, report errors, suggestions or any other issue, please email me at: admin “at” pherobase.com, I will be glad to add your discovery to The Pherobase.