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Chemical Ecology of Vertebrates

  • Date Published: August 2012
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781107406933


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  • Focusing exclusively on the chemically mediated interactions between vertebrates, including humans and other animals and plants, this monograph combines information from widely scattered technical literature in different disciplines. It will be an indispensable reference for undergraduates, graduate students and researchers interested in how chemical signals are used for inter- and intra-specific communication in vertebrates.

    • First book to explore the whole range of chemically-mediated interactions between vertebrates and other animals and plants including allomones, kairomones and pheromones
    • Pulls together information from widely scattered literature in many different disciplines into a coherent whole
    • Covers fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals including hormones; all other volumes concentrate on insects
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    "This is an interesting book for anyone with even a passing interest in chemical ecology.... raises awareness and whets the appetite."
    Gordon Hamilton, Bulletin of the British Ecological Society

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    Product details

    • Date Published: August 2012
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781107406933
    • length: 578 pages
    • dimensions: 244 x 170 x 30 mm
    • weight: 0.91kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. The odorsphere: the environment for transmission of chemical signals
    2. Properties of vertebrate semiochemicals
    3. Odor production and release
    4. Chemical cues in orientation and navigation
    5. Chemoreception
    6. Signaling pheromones
    7. Priming pheromones
    8. Development of intra- and interspecific chemical interactions
    9. Chemical defense by animals
    10. Herbivores' exposure to chemical defenses of plants
    11. Kairomones and synomones
    12. Practical applications of semiochemicals

  • Author

    Dietland Muller-Schwarze, State University of New York

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