Science of Olfaction

Science of Olfaction · 07. March 2020
It is claimed that humans can perceive many thousands of different odorous molecules, termed odorants, and that they can discriminate at least two to three thousand of these. It is also well known that even slight alterations in the structure of an odorant can lead to profound changes in perceived odor quality. One commonly cited example is carvone, whose l- and d-stereoisomers are perceived as spearmint and caraway, respectively. However, more subtle molecular alterations can also generate...