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Improving our chemistry: challenges and opportunities in the interdisciplinary study of floral volatiles

  • Author(s): Raguso, RA
  • Thompson, JN
  • Campbell, DR
  • et al.

© The Royal Society of Chemistry 2015. Covering: up to the end of 2014 The field of chemical ecology was established, in large part, through collaborative studies between biologists and chemists with common interests in the mechanisms that mediate chemical communication in ecological and evolutionary contexts. Pollination is one highly diverse and important category of such interactions, and there is growing evidence that floral volatiles play important roles in mediating pollinator behaviour and its consequences for plant reproductive ecology and evolution. Here we outline next-generation questions emerging in the study of plants and pollinators, and discuss the potential for strengthening collaboration between biologists and chemists in answering such questions.

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