Journal article

The evolution of pheromone diversity

Matthew RE Symonds, Mark A Elgar

TRENDS IN ECOLOGY & EVOLUTION | ELSEVIER SCIENCE LONDON | Published : 2008

Abstract

Pheromones are chemical signals whose composition varies enormously between species. Despite pheromones being a nearly ubiquitous form of communication, particularly among insects, our understanding of how this diversity has arisen, and the processes driving the evolution of pheromones, is less developed than that for visual and auditory signals. Studies of phylogeny, genetics and ecological processes are providing new insights into the patterns, mechanisms and drivers of pheromone evolution, and there is a wealth of information now available for analysis. Future research could profitably use these data by employing phylogenetic comparative techniques to identify ecological correlates of phe..

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