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Chemical Ecology in Aquatic Systems$
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Christer Brönmark and Lars-Anders Hansson

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199583096

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199583096.001.0001

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Aquatic chemical ecology

Aquatic chemical ecology

new directions and challenges for the future

(p.272) Chapter 18 Aquatic chemical ecology
Chemical Ecology in Aquatic Systems

Christer Brönmark

Lars-Anders Hansson

Oxford University Press

This chapter assesses the important challenges for the future of chemical ecology, including the chemicals involved, the importance of the chemical network in natural systems, and the effects of anthropogenic disturbances on the chemical interactions in aquatic systems. It concludes that chemical sensing and communication is a major phenomenon in natural systems and in the ecology, evolution, and behaviour of the organisms studied. It notes that other organisms communicate, navigate, and receive information about resources and threats using a language of which humans have a very limited understanding. It also states that most other organisms live in a chemical information network, where they exchange information into which humans have very limited insight.

Keywords:   chemical ecology, natural systems, anthropogenic disturbances, chemical interactions, aquatic systems, chemical sensing, chemical communication, chemical information network

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