The evolution of pheromone diversity

Symonds, Matthew R. E. and Elgar, Mark A. 2008, The evolution of pheromone diversity, Trends in ecology and evolution, vol. 23, no. 4, pp. 220-228, doi: 10.1016/j.tree.2007.11.009.

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Title The evolution of pheromone diversity
Author(s) Symonds, Matthew R. E.ORCID iD for Symonds, Matthew R. E.
Elgar, Mark A.
Journal name Trends in ecology and evolution
Volume number 23
Issue number 4
Start page 220
End page 228
Total pages 9
Publisher Elsevier
Place of publication London, Eng.
Publication date 2008-04
ISSN 0169-5347
Summary Pheromones are chemical signals whose composition varies enormously between species. Despite pheromones being a nearly ubiquitous form of communication, particularly among insects, our understanding of how this diversity has arisen, and the processes driving the evolution of pheromones, is less developed than that for visual and auditory signals. Studies of phylogeny, genetics and ecological processes are providing new insights into the patterns, mechanisms and drivers of pheromone evolution, and there is a wealth of information now available for analysis. Future research could profitably use these data by employing phylogenetic comparative techniques to identify ecological correlates of pheromone composition. Genetic analyses are also needed to gain a clearer picture of how changes in receivers are associated with changes in the signal.
Language eng
DOI 10.1016/j.tree.2007.11.009
Field of Research 060201 Behavioural Ecology
Socio Economic Objective 970106 Expanding Knowledge in the Biological Sciences
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2007, Elsevier
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