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Signaling and Communication in Plants

Chemical Biology of the Tropics

An Interdisciplinary Approach

Editors: Vivanco, Jorge M., Weir, Tiffany (Eds.)

  • Leading tropical ecologists, geneticists, microbiologists, biochemists, and others discuss the newest developments in the emerging field of tropical chemical biology.
  • Introduces new interdisciplinary concept.
  • International experts present the state-of-the-art knowledge in their fields and write about how the rich biodiverse setting of the Amazon Rainforest could provide for a natural laboratory to put that technology into action.
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About this book

The mystique of the rainforest has captured the imaginations of generations of young people, explorers, authors, and biologists. It is a delicate ecosystem whose myriad sounds and smells, whose vibrancy of life, is balanced by constant cycles of death and decay. It is a place of fierce competition where unusual partnerships are forged and creative survival strategies are the norm. In this book, you will meet the scientific pioneers who first attempted to quantify and understand the vast diversity of these tropical forests, as well as their successors, who utilize modern tools and technologies to dissect the chemical nature of rainforest interactions.

This book provides a general background on biodiversity and the study of chemical ecology before moving into specific chemical examples of insect defenses and microbial communication. It finishes with first-hand accounts of the trials and tribulations of a canopy biology pioneer and a rainforest research novice, while assessing the state of modern tropical research, its importance to humanity, and the ecological, political, and ethical issues that need to be tackled in order to move the field forward.

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From the reviews:

“This recent work in Springer’s ‘Signaling and Communication in Plants’ series originated with an expedition of laboratory scientists to Peru’s Tambopata National Reserve. … The result is a mixture of general review articles together with some firsthand descriptions of the pleasures and perils of tropical research. … should be required reading for graduate students in tropical biology. … Summing Up: Highly recommended. Upper-division undergraduates, graduate students, and researchers/faculty.” (B. E. Fleury, Choice, Vol. 49 (6), February, 2012)

Table of contents (7 chapters)

  • Biodiversity

    Wortman-Wunder, Emily (et al.)

    Pages 1-14

  • Chemical Ecology: Definition and Famous Examples

    Wortman-Wunder, Emily (et al.)

    Pages 15-26

  • Chemical Defenses of Insects: A Rich Resource for Chemical Biology in the Tropics

    Dossey, Aaron T.

    Pages 27-57

  • Defensive Behaviors in Leaf Beetles: From the Unusual to the Weird

    Chaboo, Caroline S.

    Pages 59-69

  • Microbes: A New Frontier in Tropical Chemical Biology

    Weir, Tiffany (et al.)

    Pages 71-86

Buy this book

eBook $149.00
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  • ISBN 978-3-642-19080-3
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $189.00
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  • ISBN 978-3-642-19079-7
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
Softcover $189.00
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  • ISBN 978-3-642-26806-9
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  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Chemical Biology of the Tropics
Book Subtitle
An Interdisciplinary Approach
Editors
  • Jorge M. Vivanco
  • Tiffany Weir
Series Title
Signaling and Communication in Plants
Series Volume
8
Copyright
2011
Publisher
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
Copyright Holder
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
eBook ISBN
978-3-642-19080-3
DOI
10.1007/978-3-642-19080-3
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-642-19079-7
Softcover ISBN
978-3-642-26806-9
Series ISSN
1867-9048
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
X, 118
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