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Phytochemistry: From atoms to organisms

Raguso, Robert [1].

Phytochemical phoresy by phlies: the smelly secrets of dung mosses.

Mosses in the family Splachnaceae show a stunning departure from the abiotic modes of spore dispersal common to other mosses. Their sporophytes combine bright colors and pungent scents to attract diverse flies as spore dispersal agents. Because the insect order Diptera is so diverse, fly dispersal, like fly pollination, encapsulates a surprising diversity of niches, exposing our relative ignorance of fly natural history and sensory biology, as exploited by plants. This talk will provide an overview of volatile-mediated spore dispersal in Splachnum and Tayloria mosses, outlining outstanding questions to be leveraged in this unique and global plant-insect interaction.

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1 - Cornell University, Dept. Of Neurobiology And Behavior, Room 355 Mudd Hall, 215 Tower Road, Ithaca, NY, 14853, United States

volatile organic compounds

Presentation Type: Colloquium Presentations
Session: C05, Phytochemistry: From Atoms to Organisms
Location: /
Date: Wednesday, July 21st, 2021
Time: 11:45 AM(EDT)
Number: C05007
Abstract ID:1107
Candidate for Awards:None

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