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Chemical cues, defence metabolites and the shaping of pelagic interspecific interactions

Pohnert, Georg and Steinke, Michael and Tollrian, Ralph (2007) 'Chemical cues, defence metabolites and the shaping of pelagic interspecific interactions.' Trends in Ecology & Evolution, 22 (4). pp. 198-204. ISSN 0169-5347

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Several observations and model calculations suggest that chemically mediated interactions can structure planktonic food webs. However, only recently have improvements in chemical methods, coupled with ecological assays, led to the characterization of chemical cues that affect the behaviour and/or physiology of planktonic organisms. We are currently beginning to elucidate if or how chemical signals can directly affect the interactions between species and even shape complex community structures in aquatic systems. Here, we highlight recent research on the nature and action of chemical signals in the pelagic marine and freshwater environments, with an emphasis on kairomones and defence metabolites. © 2007 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Animals; Plankton; Pheromones; Ecosystem; Fresh Water; Seawater; Eukaryota
Subjects: Q Science > QH Natural history > QH301 Biology
Divisions: Faculty of Science and Health
Faculty of Science and Health > Life Sciences, School of
SWORD Depositor: Elements
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 07 Mar 2013 11:54
Last Modified: 14 Apr 2022 15:26

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