Using chemical language to shape future marine health


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“Infochemicals” (information-conveying chemicals) dominate much of the underwater communication in biological systems. They influence the movement and behavior of organisms, the ecological interactions between and across populations, and the trophic structure of marine food webs. However, relative to their terrestrial equivalents, the wider ecological and economic importance of marine infochemicals remains understudied and a concerted, cross-disciplinary effort is needed to reveal the full potential of marine chemical ecology. We highlight current challenges with specific examples and suggest how research on the chemical ecology of marine organisms could provide opportunities for implementing new management solutions for future “blue growth” (the sustainable use of ocean resources) and maintaining healthy marine ecosystems.



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DOI 10.1002/fee.2113

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Saha, M. , Berdalet, E. , Carotenuto, Y. , Fink, P. , Harder, T. , John, U. , Not, F. , Pohnert, G. , Potin, P. , Selander, E. , Vyverman, W. , Wichard, T. , Zupo, V. and Steinke, M. (2019): Using chemical language to shape future marine health , Front Ecol Environ, 17 , pp. 530-537 . doi: 10.1002/fee.2113


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