Biochemical Parallelisms of Repellents and Attractants in Higher Plants and Arthropods

  • Eloy Rodriguez
  • Donald A. Levin
Part of the Recent Advances in Phytochemistry book series (RBIO, volume 10)


In reviewing the distribution of micromolecular constituents (secondary compounds) that are known to function as defensive repellents* in arthropods, it becomes evident that a large number of chemical communicatory substances are also common metabolites of higher plants. This remarkable parallelism in inter and intra-specific chemical communication has been noted by numerous biologists, with Eisner (1970) commenting that “the very fact that plants possess the same materials that in other organisms are known to be defensive, may in itself be considered to be circumstantial evidence in support of the latter view.”


Benzyl Alcohol Bark Beetle Floral Fragrance Hydrogen Cyanide Defensive Secretion 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Eloy Rodriguez
    • 1
  • Donald A. Levin
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of BotanyUniversity of British ColumbiaVancouverCanada
  2. 2.Department of BotanyUniversity of TexasAustinUSA

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