Transnatal olfactory continuity in the rabbit: behavioral evidence and short-term consequence of its disruption.

@article{Coureaud2002TransnatalOC,
  title={Transnatal olfactory continuity in the rabbit: behavioral evidence and short-term consequence of its disruption.},
  author={G{\'e}rard Coureaud and Benoist Schaal and Robyn Hudson and Pierre Orgeur and Pierre Coudert},
  journal={Developmental psychobiology},
  year={2002},
  volume={40 4},
  pages={372-90}
}
This study investigates the role of prenatal odor learning on postnatal adaptive orientation responses in the newborn rabbit. Preference tests revealed that pups are equally attracted to the odors of placentae and colostrum (Experiments 1-4), suggesting that an odor continuity may exist between the fetal and neonatal environments. To test some predictions derived from this hypothesis, we manipulated the odor of the diet of pregnant-lactating does to control the chemical niches of their… CONTINUE READING

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