Journal of Chemical Ecology

, Volume 12, Issue 5, pp 951–987

Chemical ecology of marine organisms: An overview


  • Gerald J. Bakus
    • Department of Biological SciencesUniversity of Southern California
  • Nancy M. Targett
    • College of Marine StudiesUniversity of Delaware
  • Bruce Schulte
    • Department of Biological SciencesUniversity of Southern California

DOI: 10.1007/BF01638991

Cite this article as:
Bakus, G.J., Targett, N.M. & Schulte, B. J Chem Ecol (1986) 12: 951. doi:10.1007/BF01638991


An overview of marine chemical ecology is presented. Emphasis is placed on antipredation, invertebrate-toxic host relationships, antifouling, competition for space, species dominance, and the chemistry of ecological interactions.

Key words

Chemical ecologyecological chemistrydefensepredationantipredationsymbiosisbiological associationsfoulingbiofoulingantifoulingcommunitiessuccessiondominancecompetitionmarine chemistrymedicinetoxinnoxinvenompoisonmarine natural products chemistrynatural products chemistry

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