Dynamic environmental interactions shaped by vegetative plant volatiles.

Escobar-Bravo, Rocío; Lin, Po-An; Waterman, Jamie M; Erb, Matthias (2023). Dynamic environmental interactions shaped by vegetative plant volatiles. Natural product reports, 40(4), pp. 840-865. Royal Society of Chemistry 10.1039/d2np00061j

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Covering: up to November 2022Plants shape terrestrial ecosystems through physical and chemical interactions. Plant-derived volatile organic compounds in particular influence the behavior and performance of other organisms. In this review, we discuss how vegetative plant volatiles derived from leaves, stems and roots are produced and released into the environment, how their production and release is modified by abiotic and biotic factors, and how they influence other organisms. Vegetative plant volatiles are derived from different biosynthesis and degradation pathways and are released via distinct routes. Both biosynthesis and release are regulated by other organisms as well as abiotic factors. In turn, vegetative plant volatiles modify the physiology and the behavior of a wide range of organisms, from microbes to mammals. Several concepts and frameworks can help to explain and predict the evolution and ecology of vegetative plant volatile emission patterns of specific pathways: multifunctionality of specialized metabolites, chemical communication displays and the information arms race, and volatile physiochemistry. We discuss how these frameworks can be leveraged to understand the evolution and expression patterns of vegetative plant volatiles. The multifaceted roles of vegetative plant volatiles provide fertile grounds to understand ecosystem dynamics and harness their power for sustainable agriculture.

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Journal Article (Review Article)


08 Faculty of Science > Department of Biology > Institute of Plant Sciences (IPS) > Biotic Interactions
08 Faculty of Science > Department of Biology > Institute of Plant Sciences (IPS)

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Escobar Bravo, Rocio, Lin, Po-An, Waterman, Jamie Mitchel, Erb, Matthias


500 Science > 580 Plants (Botany)
000 Computer science, knowledge & systems




Royal Society of Chemistry




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03 Feb 2023 10:16

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17 May 2023 00:13

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