Chemical Ecology of Vertebrates

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Chemical Ecology of Vertebrates is the first book to focus exclusively on the chemically mediated interactions between vertebrates, including fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds, and mammals, and other animals, and plants. While the main focus is ecological, dealing with behavior and interactions in the field, it also covers chemoreception, orientation and navigation, the development of behavior, and the practical applications of chemosignals.
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"This is an interesting book for anyone with even a passing interest in chemical ecology.... raises awareness and whets the appetite."
Gordon Hamilton, Bulletin of the British Ecological Society
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521363778
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 7/31/2006
  • Pages: 578
  • Product dimensions: 6.85 (w) x 9.72 (h) x 1.26 (d)

Meet the Author

DIETLAND M√úLLER-SCHWARZE is Professor of Environmental Biology at the State University of New York.

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Table of Contents

1 The odorsphere : the environment for transmission of chemical signals 1
2 Properties of vertebrate semiochemicals 20
3 Odor production and release 36
4 Chemical cues in orientation and navigation 60
5 Chemoreception 82
6 Signaling pheromones I : discrimination and recognition 124
7 Signaling pheromones II : sex and alarm pheromones and evolutionary considerations 171
8 Intraspecific signals : priming pheromones 203
9 Development of intra- and interspecific chemical communication 227
10 Allomones I : chemical defense by animals 246
11 Allomones II : plant chemical defenses against herbivores 270
12 Kairomones and synomones 338
13 Practical applications of semiochemicals 391
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