Passive scalar behavior is important in turbulent mixing, combustion, and pollution and provides impetus for the study of turbulence itself. The conceptual framework of the subject, strongly influenced by the Kolmogorov cascade phenomenology, is undergoing a drastic reinterpretation as empirical evidence shows that local isotropy, both at the inertial and dissipation scales, is violated. New results of the complex morphology of the scalar field are reviewed, and they are related to the intermittency problem. Recent work on other aspects of passive scalar behavior—its spectrum, probability density function, flux, and variance—is also addressed.


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