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Deciphering Chemical Language of Plant Communication

  • James D. Blande
  • Robert Glinwood

Part of the Signaling and Communication in Plants book series (SIGCOMM)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. Plant Volatiles: Complexity of Chemical Messages

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Meredith C. Schuman, Henrique A. Valim, Youngsung Joo
      Pages 3-34
    3. Lucian Copolovici, Ülo Niinemets
      Pages 35-59
  3. Ecology of Volatile-Mediated Communication Processes

  4. Mechanisms of Volatile Detection by Plants

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 283-283
    2. Koichi Sugimoto, Kenji Matsui, Junji Takabayashi
      Pages 305-316
  5. Synthesis and Future Directions

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 317-317

About this book


This book provides an overview of the intricacies of plant communication via volatile chemicals. Plants produce an extraordinarily vast array of chemicals, which provide community members with detailed information about the producer’s identity, physiology and phenology. Volatile organic chemicals, either as individual compounds or complex chemical blends, are a communication medium operating between plants and any organism able to detect the compounds and respond.  The ecological and evolutionary origins of particular interactions between plants and the greater community have been, and will continue to be, strenuously debated. However, it is clear that chemicals, and particularly volatile chemicals, constitute a medium akin to a linguistic tool.  As well as possessing a rich chemical vocabulary, plants are known to detect and respond to chemical cues.  These cues can originate from neighbouring plants, or other associated community members. This book begins with chapters on the complexity of chemical messages, provides a broad perspective on a range of ecological interactions mediated by volatile chemicals, and extends to cutting edge developments on the detection of chemicals by plants.


chemical ecology chemical signals plant electrophysiology plant volatiles volatile emissions abiotic stress herbivores hyperparasitoids insects parasitoids phenology plant stress pollinators predators roots semiochemicals terpenes volatile organic compound

Editors and affiliations

  • James D. Blande
    • 1
  • Robert Glinwood
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Environmental and Bio. SciUniversity of Eastern FinlandKuopioFinland
  2. 2.Department of Crop Production EcologySwedish University of Agricultural Sci.UppsalaSweden

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Deciphering Chemical Language of Plant Communication
  • Editors James D. Blande
    Robert Glinwood
  • Series Title Signaling and Communication in Plants
  • Series Abbreviated Title Signaling,Communication in Plants
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2016
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Biomedical and Life Sciences Biomedical and Life Sciences (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-319-33496-7
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-319-81530-5
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-319-33498-1
  • Series ISSN 1867-9048
  • Series E-ISSN 1867-9056
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages VIII, 326
  • Number of Illustrations 7 b/w illustrations, 22 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Plant Physiology
    Plant Biochemistry
    Plant Ecology
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