Biology of Plant Volatiles

2nd Edition

Eran Pichersky, Natalia Dudareva

CRC Press
April 21, 2020 Forthcoming
Reference - 408 Pages - 26 Color & 53 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781138316492 - CAT# K391348

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Plant volatiles – scents emitted from plant organs to interact with the surrounding environment – play essential roles in attracting pollinators and defending against herbivores and pathogenes, in plant-plant signaling, and in abiotic stress responses. With contributions from leading international groups of distinguished scientists in the field, Biology of Plant Volatiles provides comprehensive coverage of the major aspects of plant scent biology.

Responding to new developments in the detection of the complex compound structures of volatiles, this book details the composition and biosynthesis of plant volatiles and their mode of emission. It explains volatiles’ function and significance for plants as well as insects and microbes whose interactions with plants are affected by plant volatiles. The book also explores the biotechnological and commercial potential for the manipulation of plant volatiles.


· Combining widely scattered literature in a single volume for the first time, this book covers all important aspects of plant volatiles, from their chemical structures to their biosynthesis to their roles in the interactions of plant with their biotic and abiotic environment.

· Taking an interdisciplinary approach, the book provides multilevel analysis from the chemistry and genes all the way to enzymology, cell biology, organismal biology and ecology.

· The book includes up-to-date methodologies in plant scent biology research, from molecular biology and enzymology to functional genomics.

This book will be a touchstone for plant volatiles research and is aimed at plant biologists, entomologists, evolutionary biologists and researchers in the horticulture and perfume industries.


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