Race of Arms: Herbivore-Induced Volatiles and Their Co-evolution

  • Rabindranath Bhattacharyya
  • Raktim Bhattacharya


Plants’ defence against herbivory is a long studied one. And among different modes of defences, the use of volatiles by the plants is unique. The main idea behind this use of volatiles is to call the potential predators for the herbivores. Plants employ a strange strategy here, and this helps them to survive through any major herbivore attack. They can even warn the neighbouring plants about the coming of a possible attack. All these happen due to some volatile chemical compounds emitted by the herbivore-infested plants. The goal of this chapter is to study in detail the intricate relationship of plant, herbivore and carnivore in this tritrophic ecosystem and to determine whether there is any role of evolution and to calculate the overall ecological cost to govern this complex machinery of life.


Herbivory Plant defence Volatil chemicals Tritrophic 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Rabindranath Bhattacharyya
    • 1
  • Raktim Bhattacharya
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Life SciencesPresidency UniversityKolkataIndia

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