by VS Pragadheesh – Pragadheesh recently attended a workshop entitled:
“Olfaction: sampling methods, GCMS profiling and statistical analyses” University of Leipzig & Max Planck Institute of Evolutionary Anthropology, Leipzig, April 05-06, 2016
At the workshop, we realized that plant volatile analysis is more well established than animal. Identification of plant volatiles is a bit easier because of the exhaustive work on Essential Oil Chemistry and well studied Secondary Metabolic Pathways. At the moment, there is a strong necessity to explore volatile organic compounds from animals which inevitably takes chemical ecology to the next horizon. Such workshops are essential for every natural products chemist and biologist. This was an excellent workshop to discuss the practical difficulties of olfactory sampling and analysis!