Chemical signals among organisms form "a vast communicative interplay, fundamental to the fabric of life," in the words of one expert. Chemical ecology is the the discipline that seeks to understand these interactions-to use biology in the search for new substances of potential benefit to humankind.
This book highlights selected research areas of medicinal and agricultural importance. Leading experts review the chemistry of:
Topics also include the appropriation of dietary factors for defense and communication; the use of chemical signals in the marine environment; the role of the olfactory system in chemical analysis; and the interaction of polydnaviruses, endoparasites, and the immune system of the host.
Table of Contents
|The Chemistry of Defense: Theory and Practice||1-16|
|The Chemistry of Poisons in Amphibian Skin||17-28|
|The Chemistry of Phyletic Dominance||29-40|
|The Chemistry of Social Regulation: Multicomponent Signals in Ant Societies||41-50|
|The Chemistry of Eavesdropping, Alarm, and Deceit||51-66|
|Polydnavirus-Facilitated Endoparasite Protection Against Host Immune Defenses||67-86|
|The Chemistry of Gamete Attraction: Chemical Structures, Biosynthesis, and ...||87-102|
|The Chemistry of Sex Attraction||103-118|
|The Chemistry of Sexual Selection||119-132|
|The Chemistry of Signal Transduction||133-146|
|Chemical Signals in the Marine Environment: Dispersal, Detection, and ...||147-160|
|Analysis of Chemical Signals by Nervous Systems||161-182|
|Chemical Ecology: A View from the Pharmaceutical Industry||183-202|
|List of Abbreviations||203-204|
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