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Description - Thieves, Deceivers, and Killers by William C. Agosta

The tobacco plant synthesizes nicotine to protect itself from herbivores. The female moth broadcasts sex pheromones to attract a mate, while a soldier ant deploys an alarm pheromone to call for help. The carbon dioxide on a mammal's breath beckons hungry ticks and mosquitoes, while a flower's fragrance speaks to the honey bee. Indeed, much of the communication that occurs within and between various species of organisms is done not by sight, sound or touch, but with chemicals. From mating to parenting, foraging to self-defence, plant and animal activities are accomplished largely by the secretion or exchange of organic chemicals. The fast-developing science that encompasses these diverse phenomena is introduced in this text in a series of stories accessible to the general reader but which should also be of interest to chemists and biologists.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780691092737
ISBN-10: 0691092737
Format: Paperback
(235mm x 152mm x mm)
Pages: 248
Imprint: Princeton University Press
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publish Date: 19-Feb-2002
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - William C. Agosta

William Agosta is Professor Emeritus at Rockefeller University and a Visiting Investigator at the University of Washington's Friday Harbor Laboratory. He is the author of Chemical Communication and Bombardier Beetles and Fever Trees.