Evolution and mechanisms of the chemical base of ecological interactions

ISSN: 0937-7409 (Print) 1423-0445 (Online)


It is the aim of Chemoecology to promote and stimulate basic science in the field of chemical ecology by publishing research papers that integrate evolution and/or ecology and chemistry in an attempt to increase our understanding of the biological significance of natural products. Its scopes cover the evolutionary biology, mechanisms and chemistry of biotic interactions and the evolution and synthesis of the underlying natural products. Manuscripts on the evolution and ecology of trophic relationships, intra- and interspecific communication, competition, and other kinds of chemical communication in all types of organismic interactions will be considered suitable for publication. Ecological studies of trophic interactions will be considered also if they are based on the information of the transmission of natural products (e.g. fatty acids) through the food-chain. Chemoecology further publishes papers that relate to the evolution and ecology of interactions mediated by non-volatile compounds (e.g. adhesive secretions). Mechanistic approaches may include the identification, biosynthesis and metabolism of substances that carry information and the elucidation of receptor- and transduction systems using physiological, biochemical and molecular techniques. Papers describing the structure and functional morphology of organs involved in chemical communication will also be considered.

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Bibliographic Data
First published in 1990
Relaunched in 1998
1 volume per year, 4 issues per volume, approx. 240 pages per volume
Format: 21 x 27,9 cm
ISSN 0937-7409 (print)
ISSN 1423-0445 (electronic)

"Chemoecology (...) was relaunched in 1998, with new editors but an unbroken series of volume numbers. The first new volume covers a wide range of organisms, with a good balance between those of land and sea, but there is a preponderance of insects and plants. (...) Chemically mediated systems can offer unique opportunities for researchers to investigate hot evolutionary topics, for example in sexual selection and the evolution of mate communication.
Paradoxically, as chemical ecology becomes more mainstream, the challenge for journals like Chemoecology is to attract authors from higher-impact evolution and ecology journals. An important factor will be the likelihood of articles being found by online electronic searches."
Tristram D. Wyatt, Nature, Vol. 401, Sept. 1999

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