Reference : Alarm pheromones: Chemical signaling in response to danger
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Alarm pheromones: Chemical signaling in response to danger
[fr] Phéromones d'alarme
Verheggen, François mailto [Université de Liège - ULiège > Sciences agronomiques > Entomologie fonctionnelle et évolutive >]
Haubruge, Eric mailto [Université de Liège - ULiège > Services administratifs généraux > Vice-Recteur de Gembloux Agro Bio Tech - Entomologie fonctionnelle et évolutive >]
Mescher, Mark [ > > ]
Litwack, Gerald
Vitamins and Hormones; 83
[en] Alarm pheromones ; Aphids ; Insect pheromones ; Chemical Ecology ; Chemical Communication
[en] Many animals respond to the threat of predation by producing alarm signals that warn other individuals of the presence of danger or otherwise reduce the success of predators. While alarm signals may be visual or auditory as well as chemical, alarm pheromones are common, especially among insects and aquatic organisms. Plants too emit chemical signals in response to attack by insect herbivores that recruit the herbivores’ natural enemies and can induce preparations for defense in neighboring plants (or other parts of the same plant). In this chapter we discuss our current understanding of chemical alarm signaling in a variety of animal groups (including social and pre-social insects, marine invertebrates, fish, and mammals) and in plants. We also briefly discuss the exploitation of alarm pheromones as foraging cues for natural enemies. We conclude with a brief discussion of the potential exploitation of alarm signaling to achieve the applied goal of managing pest species.
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