Taxon-specific differences in responsiveness to capsaicin and several analogues: Correlates between chemical structure and behavioral aversiveness

@article{Mason2004TaxonspecificDI,
  title={Taxon-specific differences in responsiveness to capsaicin and several analogues: Correlates between chemical structure and behavioral aversiveness},
  author={J. Russell Mason and Noel J. Bean and Pankaj S. Shah and Larry Clark},
  journal={Journal of Chemical Ecology},
  year={2004},
  volume={17},
  pages={2539-2551}
}
The present set of experiments was designed to explore avian insensitivity to capsaicin. Based upon a molecular model of avian chemosensory repellency, we hypothesized that structural modifications of the basic capsaicin molecule, which is itself not aversive to birds, might produce aversive analogues. To this end, European starlings (Sturnus vulgaris) and Norway rats (Rattus norvegicus) were given varied concentrations of synthetic capsaicin and four analogues (methyl capsaicin, veratryl amine… Expand
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