Chemical Ecology - From Gene to Ecosystem
Edited by Dicke, Marcel; Takken, Willem
Chemical ecology is the ecology of body odour. Every organism uses chemical information in intra-
and inter-specific interactions. Animals emit chemicals to attract a mate or to prevent a competitor from
mating with the partner they just mated with. Plants emit chemicals to recruit other organisms to take care
of their sex life or to attract bodyguards to defend them against their enemies. Chemical cues mediate a
whole gamut of interactions in plant and animal communities. Chemical cues are used to communicate,
but can also be exploited in espionage or eavesdropping. To understand the ecology of chemical signalling
in communities one needs to carry out manipulative experiments. Such experiments have been done throughout
the last century. However, in recent years the degree of precision with which such experiments can be done has
grown tremendously as a result of rapidly increasing knowledge at the molecular-genetic level. This opens
exciting new avenues to chemical ecologists. The connection of molecular genetics to community ecology and
ecosystem ecology provides novel tools to take up old questions that were often hard to answer.
Hardcover 189 pp ISBN 9781402047831
Softcover 189 pp ISBN 9781402047923
This book provides an overview of chemical ecology related to different ecosystems and an outlook at novel
directions that can be taken in chemical ecology through a molecular-ecological or eco-genomic approach.
The book addresses above- and belowground terrestrial systems as well as aquatic systems, and the organisms
involved are micro- and macro-organisms, such as plants, arthropods and mammals. The scientific approach
presented in this book is characteristic of modern biological research.
The book will be useful for scientists and students interested in ecology in general as well as those working
in the fields of molecular, chemical, behavioural, population or community ecology.
Of interest to scientists and students interested in ecology in general as well as those working in molecular,
chemical, behavioural, population or community ecology.
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