Chemical Ecology

BIOEE 3690/BIONB 3690/ENTOM 3690

Jennifer Thaler, Georg Jander

Why are chilies so spicy? This course examines the chemical basis of interactions between species and is intended for students with a basic knowledge of chemistry and biology. The course focuses on the ecology and chemistry of plants, animals, and microbes, and stresses chemical signals used in diverse ecosystems, using Darwinian natural selection as a framework. Topics include plant defenses, microbial warfare, communication in marine organisms, and human pheromones.

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