Ecological Role of Odour Diversity

  • Torsten MeinersEmail author
Part of the Signaling and Communication in Plants book series (SIGCOMM)


Multitrophic interactions between plants and arthropods of different trophic levels take place in heterogeneous and complex environments, formed primarily by both host and non-host plants. High plant diversity and non-host plants and their interaction with host plants, other trophic levels and abiotic factors may form a diverse odour bouquet that arthropods have to cope with when foraging for food, hosts, prey, conspecifics or mating partners. This chapter focuses on the ecology of the generation of odour diversity and—vice versa—its effect on plants, herbivores and their natural enemies. Future research will need novel experimental approaches to identify the patterns and processes involved in these intricately unique interactions.


Host Plant Plant Species Diversity Plant Odour Focal Plant Associational Resistance 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Applied Zoology/Animal Ecology, Dahlem Centre of Plant SciencesFreie Universitaet BerlinBerlinGermany

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