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From genes to ecosystems: emerging concepts bridging ecological and evolutionary dynamics


Bailey, JK and Schweitzer, JA and Ubeda, F and Zinkgraf, M and Fitzpatrick, BM and O'Reilly-Wapstra, JM and Rehill, BJ and LeRoy, CJ and Potts, BM and Whitham, TG and Genung, MA and Fischer, DG and Pregitzer, CC and Keith, A, From genes to ecosystems: emerging concepts bridging ecological and evolutionary dynamics, The Ecology of Plant Secondary Metabolites: From Genes to Global Processes, Cambridge University Press, Glenn R. Iason, Marcel Dicke and Susan E. Hartley (ed), UK, pp. 269-286. ISBN 9780521193269 (2012) [Research Book Chapter]

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Plant secondary metabolites (PSMs) such as terpenes and phenolic compounds are known to have numerous ecological roles, notably in defence against herbivores, pathogens and abiotic stresses and in interactions with competitors and mutualists. This book reviews recent developments in the field to provide a synthesis of the function, ecology and evolution of PSMs, revealing our increased awareness of their integrative role in connecting natural systems. It emphasises the multiple roles of secondary metabolites in mediating the interactions between organisms and their environment at a range of scales of ecological organisation, demonstrating how genes encoding for PSM biosynthetic enzymes can have effects from the cellular scale within individual plants all the way to global environmental processes. A range of recent methodological advances, including molecular, transgenic and metabolomic techniques, are illustrated and promising directions for future studies are identified, making this a valuable reference for researchers and graduate students in the field.

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Item Type:Research Book Chapter
Keywords:genes to ecosystems secondary metabolites community genetics
Research Division:Biological Sciences
Research Group:Genetics
Research Field:Genetics not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Plant Production and Plant Primary Products
Objective Group:Forestry
Objective Field:Hardwood plantations
UTAS Author:O'Reilly-Wapstra, JM (Professor Julianne O'Reilly-Wapstra)
UTAS Author:Potts, BM (Professor Brad Potts)
ID Code:82216
Year Published:2012
Deposited By:Plant Science
Deposited On:2013-01-21
Last Modified:2017-10-16
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