Electroantennogram and single sensillum recording in insect antennae

Methods Mol Biol. 2013;1068:157-77. doi: 10.1007/978-1-62703-619-1_11.


Electrophysiology is an invaluable technique to quickly and quantitatively assess the response of the olfactory system to odor stimuli. For measuring the response of the insect antenna, two basic techniques exist, electroantennography and single sensillum recording. Here, we describe the general practice of both methods in terms of equipment used, insect preparation, recording technique, and basic analysis.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Arthropod Antennae / physiology*
  • Bombyx / physiology*
  • Electrophysiological Phenomena / physiology*
  • Odorants
  • Olfactory Pathways / physiology*
  • Olfactory Receptor Neurons / physiology
  • Sensilla / physiology
  • Sex Attractants / analysis*
  • Smell / physiology


  • Sex Attractants