Evolutionary Ecology of Chemically Mediated Plant-Insect Interactions

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Abstract

Approaches for testing macroevolutionary theories. Coevolution: understanding the diversity and role of plant secondary compounds. Costs associated with synthesis: trade-offs and defense theory. Plants are armed with an arsenal of chemical defenses against insects. Spatiotemporal patterns of plant defense chemistry: timing and location of synthesis can impact herbivory. Insect host preference and response to secondary compounds. Regulation of defense: plant perception of herbivory, signal transduction, and induced responses. Plant volatile-mediated defenses against herbivores.

Keywords

Chemical defense Coevolution Detoxification Induced responses Plant secondary metabolites Resistance Sequestration Volatile organic compounds 

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  1. 1.Department of BiologyIndiana UniversityBloomingtonUSA

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