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The origin and dynamic evolution of chemical information transfer

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Steiger, Sandra ; Schmitt, Thomas ; Schaefer, H. Martin:
The origin and dynamic evolution of chemical information transfer.
In: Proceedings of the Royal Society of London B : Biological Sciences. Vol. 278 (2011) . - pp. 970-979.
ISSN 1471-2954
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1098/rspb.2010.2285

Abstract in another language

Although chemical communication is the most widespread form of communication, its evolution and diversity are not well understood. By integrating studies of a wide range of terrestrial plants and animals, we show that many chemicals are emitted, which can unintentionally provide information (cues) and, therefore, act as direct precursors for the evolution of intentional communication (signals). Depending on the content, design and the original function of the cue, there are predictable ways that selection can enhance the communicative function of chemicals. We review recent progress on how efficacy-based selection by receivers leads to distinct evolutionary trajectories of chemical communication. Because the original function of a cue may channel but also constrain the evolution of functional communication, we show that a broad perspective on multiple selective pressures acting upon chemicals provides important insights into the origin and dynamic evolution of chemical information transfer. Finally, we argue that integrating chemical ecology into communication theory may significantly enhance our understanding of the evolution, the design and the content of signals in general.

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Item Type: Article in a journal
Refereed: Yes
Additional notes: BAYCEER147485
Keywords: chemical communication; signal; cue; volatiles; evolution of communication; pheromone
Institutions of the University: Faculties > Faculty of Biology, Chemistry and Earth Sciences
Faculties > Faculty of Biology, Chemistry and Earth Sciences > Department of Biology > Chair Animal Ecology II - Evolutionary Animal Ecology > Chair Animal Ecology II - Evolutionary Animal Ecology - Univ.-Prof. Dr. Sandra Steiger
Research Institutions
Research Institutions > Research Centres
Research Institutions > Research Centres > Bayreuth Center of Ecology and Environmental Research- BayCEER
Result of work at the UBT: No
DDC Subjects: 500 Science
Date Deposited: 15 Apr 2019 09:10
Last Modified: 15 Apr 2019 09:10
URI: https://eref.uni-bayreuth.de/id/eprint/48389