Hands-On Chemical Ecology: Simple Field and Laboratory Exercises

D Müller-Schwarze 
Springer  2009  

Softcover  156 pp  ISBN 9781441903778      £45.00
Hands-On Chemical Ecology: Simple Field and Laboratory Exercises,a premiere collection of practical exercises in chemical ecology, offers tools and strategies for understanding this young science. The exercises included use general principles and follow a simple structure. Topics examined include birds, fish, insects, mammals, and plant chemistry among others. Additionally, exercises require accessible materials, ensuring that each can be easily modified and completed anywhere in the world with locally existing instruments. This text will be of value to undergraduate and graduates students and high school biology teachers.

Written for: College and university undergraduate and graduate students in chemical ecology, and also biology teachers in high schools


Field Experiments
Insects: :
1. Aphids and Ants: Effects on Host Plant and Leaf Predators.
Fish: :
2. Predatory fish responses to prey odors (chemical lures)
Birds: :
3. Sour Grapes: Responses to a feeding inhibitor (methyl anthranilate)
Mammals: :
4. Responses of rodents to predator odors
5. Squirrels' avoidance of predator odors
6. Squirrels, Acorns and tannins
7. Field grid for testing winter feeding by rabbits (or cottontails)
8. Food choice by free-living rodents (beavers): role of defense compounds
9. Scent marking by mammals: Example beaver
Practical Applications: :
10. Capsaicin as squirrel repellent
Open-ended Tour of Exploration: :
11. Search for "chemical ecology stories" in the forest

Laboratory Experiments
Plant Chemistry: :
12. Test for cyanogenic glycosides
13. Tree diversity, phenolics test and herbivory
14. Tannin assay
Insect Pheromones: :
15. Moths in wind tunnel
Insect Herbivory: :
16. Induced Defenses: Herbivory on juvenile vs. adult growth stages
17. Induction by jasmonic acid
18. Effect of tannins on Manduca sexta feeding behavior: Concentration-dependent feeding on laboratory chow
19. Leaf disk test
Scent Marking in Mammals: :
20. 2-way choice by mice in T-Maze
21. Open-Field test: responses to scent marks in clean field;

Responses to clean tile in soiled field
Humans: :
22. Scent communication: T-shirt test for recognition of sex and self
23. Dealing with secondary plant compounds: Burping exercise
24. Miscellaneous experiments chosen by our students
25. Further possible experiments

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