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Chemical Ecology in Aquatic Systems

Christer Brönmark and Lars-Anders Hansson


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 minute concentrations 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 ... More

Keywords: chemical interactions, aquatic habitats, aquatic organisms, toxic chemical substances, organism interactions

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Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780199583096
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199583096.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Christer Brönmark, editor
Lund University, Sweden

Lars-Anders Hansson, editor
Lund University, Sweden

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Chapter 4 Chemical signals and kin biased behaviour

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Chapter 8 The taste of predation and the defences of prey

Linda Weiss, Christian Laforsch, and Ralph Tollrian

Chapter 9 The evolution of alarm substances and disturbance cues in aquatic animals

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Chapter 10 Scaling up infochemicals

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Chapter 11 Euroecology of Predator–prey Interactions

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Chapter 14 Allelochemical interactions among aquatic primary producers

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Chapter 15 Chemical defences against herbivores

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Chapter 17 Infodisruption

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Chapter 18 Aquatic chemical ecology

Christer Brönmark and Lars-Anders Hansson

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