Chemical Ecology in Aquatic Systems

Paperback | April 8, 2012

EditorChrister Bronmark, Lars-Anders Hansson

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In recent years it has become increasingly clear that chemical interactions play a fundamental role in aquatic habitats and have far-reaching evolutionary and ecological consequences. A plethora of studies have shown that aquatic organisms from most taxa and functional groups respond to minuteconcentrations of chemical substances released by other organisms. However, our knowledge of this "chemical network" is still negligible. Chemical interactions can be divided into two larger sub-areas based on the function of the chemical substance. First, there are interactions where chemical substances are toxic to other organisms and are used as a defence against consumers (including both herbivores and predators) or a weapon against competitors (allelopathy). Second, chemical substances may be used as a source for information of theenvironment; for example: how can I find the optimal habitat, the best food, the nicest partner, and avoid being eaten? Aquatic organisms are able to detect and respond to extremely low concentrations of chemical cues to answer all these questions. The book aims at connecting these intriguingchemical interactions with traditional knowledge of organism interactions.Chemical Ecology of Aquatic Systems covers a wide range of studies, both plant and animal, from different geographic regions and habitats - pelagic as well as benthic. Most of the chemical interactions are similar in freshwater and marine habitats and this book therefore strives at integrating workon both systems.

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In recent years it has become increasingly clear that chemical interactions play a fundamental role in aquatic habitats and have far-reaching evolutionary and ecological consequences. A plethora of studies have shown that aquatic organisms from most taxa and functional groups respond to minuteconcentrations of chemical substances relea...

Christer Bronmark is a professor of Limnology at the Department of Biology/Limnology at Lund University, Sweden. His main research interests resolve around the importance of indirect interactions in freshwater food webs and how these affect the structure and function of lake ecosystems. Here, chemical cues from predators have been show...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:336 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.07 inPublished:April 8, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Christer Bronmark and Lars-Anders Hansson: Chemical ecology of aquatic systems - an introduction1. Jelle Atema: Aquatic odour dispersal fields: opportunities and limits of detection, communication, and navigation2. Eric von Elert: Information conveyed by chemical cues3. Thomas Breithaupt and Jorg D. Hardege: Pheromones mediating sex and dominance in aquatic animals4. Gabriele Gerlach and Cornelia Hinz: Chemical signals and kin biased behaviour5. Gabriele Gerlach and Jelle Atema: The use of chemical cues in habitat recognition and settlement6. Ole B. Stabell: Migration and navigation7. Marc Weissburg: Death from downstream: chemosensory navigation and predator-prey processes8. Linda Weiss, Christian Laforsch, and Ralph Tollrian: The taste of predation and the defences of prey9. Douglas P. Chivers, Grant E. Brown, and Maud C.O. Ferrari: The evolution of alarm substances and disturbance cues in aquatic animals10. Andrew M. Turner and Scott D. Peacor: Scaling up infochemicals: ecological consequences of chemosensory assessment of predation risk11. Charles D. Derby and Richard K. Zimmer: Neuroecology of predator-prey interactions12. Ulrich K. Steiner and Josh R. Auld: Why is the jack of all trades a master of none? Studying the evolution of inducible defences in aquatic systems13. Georg Pohnert: How to explore the sometimes unusual chemistry of aquatic defence chemicals14. Elisabeth M. Gross, Catherine Legrand, Karin Rengefors, and Urban Tillmann: Allelochemical interactions among aquatic primary producers15. Henrik Pavia, Finn Baumgartner, Gunnar Cervin, Swantje Enge, Julia Kubanek, Goran M. Nylund, Erik Selander, J. Robin Svensson, and Gunilla B. Toth: Chemical defences against herbivores16. Cynthia Kicklighter: Chemical defences against predators17. Miquel Lurling: Info-disruption: pollutants interfering with the natural chemical information conveyance in aquatic systems18. Christer Bronmark and Lars-Anders Hansson: Aquatic chemical ecology: new directions and challenges for the futureIndex