Plant-Animal Communication

Paperback | May 7, 2011

byH. Martin Schaefer, Graeme D. Ruxton

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Communication is an essential factor underpinning the interactions between species and the structure of their communities. Plant-animal interactions are particularly diverse due to the complex nature of their mutualistic and antagonistic relationships. However the evolution of communicationand the underlying mechanisms responsible remain poorly understood.Plant-Animal Communication is a timely summary of the latest research and ideas on the ecological and evolutionary foundations of communication between plants and animals, including discussions of fundamental concepts such as deception, reliability, and camouflage. It introduces how the sensoryworld of animals shapes the various modes of communication employed, laying out the basics of vision, scent, acoustic, and gustatory communication. Subsequent chapters discuss how plants communicate in these sensory modes to attract animals to facilitate seed dispersal, pollination, and carnivory,and how they communicate to defend themselves against herbivores. Potential avenues for productive theoretical and empirical research are clearly identified, and suggestions for novel empirical approaches to the study of communication in general are outlined.

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Communication is an essential factor underpinning the interactions between species and the structure of their communities. Plant-animal interactions are particularly diverse due to the complex nature of their mutualistic and antagonistic relationships. However the evolution of communicationand the underlying mechanisms responsible rema...

Martin Schaefer is Associate Professor in Evolutionary Biology and Ecology at the University of Freiburg. His main research interests are the sensory ecology of plant-animal interactions in the three fields covered in this book, seed dispersal, plant defence and carnivory. He uses an integrative approach of combining biochemical analys...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:296 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.64 inPublished:May 7, 2011Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Preface1. Communication and the Evolution of Plant-Animal Interactions2. Animal Sensory Ecology and Plant Biochemistry3. Animals as Seed Dispersers4. Visual Communication in Fleshy Fruits5. Evolutionary Ecology of Non-Visual Fruit Traits6. Flower Signals and Pollination7. The Potential for Leaf Colouration to Communicate to Animals8. Plant Crypsis, Aposematism, and Mimicry9. Chemical Communication by Plants about Herbivores10. Sensory Aspects of Carnivorous Plants11. Final ThoughtsGlossaryReferencesIndex