Chemical Biology of the Tropics

An Interdisciplinary Approach

  • Jorge M. Vivanco
  • Tiffany Weir

Part of the Signaling and Communication in Plants book series (SIGCOMM, volume 8)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Emily Wortman-Wunder, Jorge Vivanco, Mark W. Paschke
    Pages 1-14
  3. Emily Wortman-Wunder, Jorge M. Vivanco
    Pages 15-26
  4. Tiffany Weir, Daniel Manter, Waltraud Kofer
    Pages 71-86
  5. Arthur S. Edison, Eric Cosio, Stephan Halloy, Jorge Vivanco
    Pages 97-111
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 113-115

About this book


The mystique of the rainforest has captured the imaginations of generations of young people, explorers, authors, and biologists. It is a delicate ecosystem whose myriad sounds and smells, whose vibrancy of life, is balanced by constant cycles of death and decay. It is a place of fierce competition where unusual partnerships are forged and creative survival strategies are the norm. In this book, you will meet the scientific pioneers who first attempted to quantify and understand the vast diversity of these tropical forests, as well as their successors, who utilize modern tools and technologies to dissect the chemical nature of rainforest interactions.

This book provides a general background on biodiversity and the study of chemical ecology before moving into specific chemical examples of insect defenses and microbial communication. It finishes with first-hand accounts of the trials and tribulations of a canopy biology pioneer and a rainforest research novice, while assessing the state of modern tropical research, its importance to humanity, and the ecological, political, and ethical issues that need to be tackled in order to move the field forward.


chemical biology ecology, chemical interdisciplinary tropical biology tropics

Editors and affiliations

  • Jorge M. Vivanco
    • 1
  • Tiffany Weir
    • 2
  1. 1.Center for Rhizosphere BiologyColorado State UniversityFort CollinsUSA
  2. 2.Center for Rhizosphere BiologyColorado State UniversityFort CollinsUSA

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