By Emily Wortman-Wunder, Jorge Vivanco, Mark W. Paschke (auth.), Jorge M. Vivanco, Tiffany Weir (eds.)
The mystique of the rainforest has captured the imaginations of generations of teens, explorers, authors, and biologists. it's a smooth surroundings whose myriad sounds and scents, whose vibrancy of lifestyles, is balanced by means of consistent cycles of demise and rot. it's a position of fierce festival the place strange partnerships are solid and inventive survival techniques are the norm. during this ebook, you'll meet the medical pioneers who first tried to quantify and comprehend the huge variety of those tropical forests, in addition to their successors, who make the most of smooth instruments and applied sciences to dissect the chemical nature of rainforest interactions.
This publication presents a normal heritage on biodiversity and the research of chemical ecology sooner than entering into particular chemical examples of insect defenses and microbial communique. It finishes with first-hand bills of the pains and tribulations of a cover biology pioneer and a rainforest study beginner, whereas assessing the nation of recent tropical examine, its significance to humanity, and the ecological, political, and moral matters that must be tackled as a way to stream the sector forward.