The Ecology and Evolution of Plant Volatiles
Edited by Robert. A. Raguso
In the last decade, tantalizing glimpses of the invisible world of plant volatiles have been revealed through studies that have probed the functional ecology and evolutionary dynamics of chemical phenotypes. This hard-won progress comes largely through the growing realization among researchers that plants routinely use volatile organic compounds (VOCs) to communicate with friends, enemies, neighbors and, indeed, themselves. Once considered a heretical idea, “plant communication” is now the subject of edited volumes, special features and review articles, international symposia and university level courses world-wide. A consensus among these many voices is that VOCs constitute a primary medium of plant communication.
In this virtual special feature, we have supplemented the 6 original papers and introductory essay published in the October 2009 special feature entitled “Floral scent in a whole-plant context” with 8 additional papers of topical relevance published in Functional Ecology from 2005-2010.
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I. Pollinator attraction and its consequences
The sweet smell of success: floral scent affects pollinator attraction and seed fitness in Hesperis matronalis
C. J. Majetic, R. A. Raguso and T. -L. Ashman
The chemical ecology of seed dispersal in monoecious and dioecious figs
R. M. Borges, J-M. Bessière and M. Hossaert-McKey
Integrating floral scent, pollination ecology and population genetics
M. R. Whitehead and Rod Peakall
II. Pulling and pushing with floral volatiles: fine tuning the visitor spectrum
Two orchids attract different pollinators with the same floral odour compound: ecological and evolutionary implications
F. P. Schiestl and R. Peakall
Private channel: a single unusual compound assures specific pollinator attraction in Ficus semicordata
C. Chen, Q. Song, M. Proffit, J. -M. Bessière, Z. Li and M. Hossaert-McKey
The importance of scent and nectar filters in a specialized wasp-pollination system
A. Shuttleworth and S. D. Johnson
Floral volatiles controlling ant behaviour
P. G. Willmer, C. V. Nuttman, N. E. Raine, G. N. Stone, J. G. Pattrick, K. Henson, P. Stillman, L. McIlroy, S. G. Potts and J. T. Knudsen
III. Odors beyond flowers: expanding roles for VOCs in a whole plant context
Do carnivorous plants use volatiles for attracting prey insects?
A. Jürgens, A. M. El-Sayed and D. Max Suckling
Extrafloral nectar from cotton (Gossipium hirsutum) as a food source for parasitic wasps
U. S. R. Röse, J. Lewis, J. H. Tumlinson
Field parasitism rates of caterpillars on Brassica oleraceae plants are reliably predicted by differential attraction of Cotesia parasitoids
E. H. Poelman, A. M. O. Oduor, C. Broekgaarden, C. A. Hordijk, J. J. Jansen, J. J. A. Van Loon, N. M. Van Dam, L. E. M. Vet and M. Dicke
Manipulating the jasmonate response: how do methyl jasmonate additions mediate characteristics of aboveground and belowground mutualisms?
E. Toby Kiers, Lynn S. Adler, Emily L. Grman and Marcel G. A. van der Heijden
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