Recent Advances in Phytochemistry

Phytochemical Diversity and Redundancy in Ecological Interactions

Editors: Romeo, John T., Saunders, James A., Barbosa, Pedro (Eds.)

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Diversity within and among living organisms is both a biological impera­ tive and a biological conundrum. Phenotypic and genotypic diversity is the critical currency ofecological interactions and the evolution of life. Thus, it is not unexpected to find vast phytochemical diversity among plants. However, among the most compelling questions which arise among those interested in ecological phytochemistry is the extent, nature, and reasons for the diversity of chemieals in plants. The idea that natural products (secondary metabolites) are accidents of metabolism and have no biological function is an old one which has resurfaced recently under a new term "redundancy. " Redundancy in the broader sense can be viewed as duplication of effort. The co-occurrence of several classes of phytochemieals in a given plant may be redundancy. Is there unnecessary duplication of chemical defense systems and ifso, why? What selective forces have produced this result? On the other hand, why does the same compound often have multiple functions? At a symposium of the Phytochemical Society of North America held in August 1995, in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, Canada, the topic "Phytochernical Redundancy in Ecological Interactions" was discussed. The chapters in this volume are based on that symposium. They both stimulate thought and provide some working hypotheses for future research. It is being increasingly recognized that functional diversity and multiplicity of function of natural products is the norm rather than the exception.

Table of contents (12 chapters)

  • Phytochemical Diversity

    Berenbaum, May R. (et al.)

    Pages 1-24

  • Diversity, Redundancy, and Multiplicity in Chemical Defense Systems of Aspen

    Lindroth, Richard L. (et al.)

    Pages 25-56

  • Diversity and Dynamics of Crucifer Defenses against Adults and Larvae of Cabbage Butterflies

    Renwick, J. A. A.

    Pages 57-79

  • Defensive Chemicals in Grass-Fungal Endophyte Associations

    Siegel, Malcolm R. (et al.)

    Pages 81-119

  • Multiple Defenses and Signals in Plant Defense against Pathogens and Herbivores

    Hammerschmidt, Ray (et al.)

    Pages 121-154

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Book Title
Phytochemical Diversity and Redundancy in Ecological Interactions
Editors
  • John T. Romeo
  • James A. Saunders
  • Pedro Barbosa
Series Title
Recent Advances in Phytochemistry
Series Volume
30
Copyright
1996
Publisher
Springer US
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media New York
eBook ISBN
978-1-4899-1754-6
DOI
10.1007/978-1-4899-1754-6
Hardcover ISBN
978-0-306-45500-1
Softcover ISBN
978-1-4899-1756-0
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VIII, 319
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