Environmental Impacts on Plant Volatile Emission

  • Lucian Copolovici
  • Ülo NiinemetsEmail author
Part of the Signaling and Communication in Plants book series (SIGCOMM)


Plants in their natural environment are often exposed to a variety of environmental stresses. This chapter emphasises the importance of distinguishing among stress effects on constitutive and stress-induced volatile emissions and, within constitutive emissions, among stress effects on emissions from specialised storage compartments (storage emissions) and de novo emissions. Among constitutive emissions, de novo emissions are typically more sensitive to stress than storage emissions. Depending on stress severity, the emission response is either physiological or the emission response is controlled at the gene expression level. This chapter analyses the impacts of heat, cold, drought and waterlogging stresses on constitutive and induced emissions, highlights similarities and differences of various stresses on volatile release and outlines the gaps in knowledge. We argue that for a fully mechanistic understanding of environmental impacts on plant chemical communication channels, more work is needed to obtain quantitative stress dose versus emission responses for different stresses in species of differing stress tolerance.


Heat Stress Isoprene Emission Green Leaf Volatile Biogenic Volatile Organic Compound Monoterpene Emission 
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Funding for this study has been provided by the Estonian Ministry of Science and Education (institutional grant IUT-8-3), the European Commission through the European Regional Development Fund (Centre of Excellence EcolChange), the European Research Council (advanced grant 322603, SIP-VOL+) and the European Commission and the Government of Romania (project POSCCE 621/2014). We thank Dr. Astrid Kännaste for some useful suggestions on the manuscript.


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  1. 1.“Aurel Vlaicu” University AradAradRomania
  2. 2.Department of Plant PhysiologyEstonian University of Life SciencesTartuEstonia
  3. 3.Estonian Academy of SciencesTallinnEstonia

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