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Chemical Biology of the Tropics

An Interdisciplinary Approach

  • Jorge M. Vivanco
  • Tiffany Weir


  • 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.


Part of the Signaling and Communication in Plants book series (SIGCOMM, volume 8)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Emily Wortman-Wunder, Jorge Vivanco, Mark W. Paschke
    Pages 1-14
  3. Emily Wortman-Wunder, Jorge M. Vivanco
    Pages 15-26
  4. Tiffany Weir, Daniel Manter, Waltraud Kofer
    Pages 71-86
  5. Arthur S. Edison, Eric Cosio, Stephan Halloy, Jorge Vivanco
    Pages 97-111
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 113-115

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.


chemical biology ecology, chemical interdisciplinary tropical biology tropics

Editors and affiliations

  • Jorge M. Vivanco
    • 1
  • Tiffany Weir
    • 2
  1. 1.Center for Rhizosphere BiologyColorado State UniversityFort CollinsUSA
  2. 2.Center for Rhizosphere BiologyColorado State UniversityFort CollinsUSA

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 Abbreviated Title Signaling,Communication in Plants
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2011
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Biomedical and Life Sciences Biomedical and Life Sciences (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-642-19079-7
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-642-26806-9
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-642-19080-3
  • Series ISSN 1867-9048
  • Series E-ISSN 1867-9056
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages X, 118
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Plant Biochemistry
    Plant Ecology
    Plant Sciences
  • Buy this book on publisher's site
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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)