Research report 2006 - Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology
The role of volatile signals in plant defense against herbivore enemies
Biochemie (Prof. Jonathan Gershenzon)
MPI für chemische Ökologie, Jena
SummaryIn response to damage, plants produce a large amount of natural compounds. Establishing the functional role of these natural compounds in plant defense is an important topic of chemical ecology. Recently, special attention has been given to volatile plant defense compounds that are emitted by the plant attracting natural enemies of the attacker. To attract the correct enemies, plants emit specific volatile blends which respond to the different types of damage inflicted by their enemies.