Ecology and Evolution of Intraspecific Chemodiversity of Plants

Müller C, Bräutigam A, Eilers E, Junker R, Schnitzler J-P, Steppuhn A, Unsicker S, van Dam N, Weisser W, Wittmann M (2020)
Research Ideas and Outcomes 6: e49810.

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Müller, CarolineUniBi; Bräutigam, AndreaUniBi ; Eilers, ElisabethUniBi; Junker, Robert; Schnitzler, Jörg-Peter; Steppuhn, Anke; Unsicker, Sybille; van Dam, Nicole; Weisser, Wolfgang; Wittmann, MeikeUniBi
Abstract / Bemerkung
An extraordinarily high intraspecific chemical diversity, i.e. chemodiversity, has been found in several plant species, of which some are of major ecological or economic relevance. Moreover, even within an individual plant there is substantial chemodiversity among tissues and across seasons. This chemodiversity likely has pronounced ecological effects on plant mutualists and antagonists, associated foodwebs and, ultimately, biodiversity. Surprisingly, studies on interactions between plants and their herbivores or pollinators often neglect plant chemistry as a level of diversity and phenotypic variation. The main aim of this Research Unit (RU) is to understand the emergence and maintenance of intraspecific chemodiversity in plants. We address the following central questions: <1) How does plant chemodiversity vary across levels, i.e., within individuals, among individuals within populations, and among populations? 2) What are the ecological consequences of intraspecific plant chemodiversity? 3) How is plant chemodiversity genetically determined and maintained? By combining field and laboratory studies with metabolomics, transcriptomics, genetic tools, statistical data analysis and modelling, we aim to understand causes and consequences of plant chemodiversity and elucidate its impacts on the interactions of plants with their biotic environment. Furthermore, we want to identify general principles, which hold across different species, and develop meaningful measures to describe the fascinating diversity of defence chemicals in plants. These tasks require integrated scientific collaboration of experts in experimental and theoretical ecology, including chemical and molecular ecology, (bio)chemistry and evolution.
Erscheinungsjahr
2020
Zeitschriftentitel
Research Ideas and Outcomes
Band
6
Art.-Nr.
e49810
eISSN
2367-7163
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https://pub.uni-bielefeld.de/record/2940125

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Müller C, Bräutigam A, Eilers E, et al. Ecology and Evolution of Intraspecific Chemodiversity of Plants. Research Ideas and Outcomes. 2020;6: e49810.
Müller, C., Bräutigam, A., Eilers, E., Junker, R., Schnitzler, J. - P., Steppuhn, A., Unsicker, S., et al. (2020). Ecology and Evolution of Intraspecific Chemodiversity of Plants. Research Ideas and Outcomes, 6, e49810. doi:10.3897/rio.6.e49810
Müller, C., Bräutigam, A., Eilers, E., Junker, R., Schnitzler, J. - P., Steppuhn, A., Unsicker, S., van Dam, N., Weisser, W., and Wittmann, M. (2020). Ecology and Evolution of Intraspecific Chemodiversity of Plants. Research Ideas and Outcomes 6:e49810.
Müller, C., et al., 2020. Ecology and Evolution of Intraspecific Chemodiversity of Plants. Research Ideas and Outcomes, 6: e49810.
C. Müller, et al., “Ecology and Evolution of Intraspecific Chemodiversity of Plants”, Research Ideas and Outcomes, vol. 6, 2020, : e49810.
Müller, C., Bräutigam, A., Eilers, E., Junker, R., Schnitzler, J.-P., Steppuhn, A., Unsicker, S., van Dam, N., Weisser, W., Wittmann, M.: Ecology and Evolution of Intraspecific Chemodiversity of Plants. Research Ideas and Outcomes. 6, : e49810 (2020).
Müller, Caroline, Bräutigam, Andrea, Eilers, Elisabeth, Junker, Robert, Schnitzler, Jörg-Peter, Steppuhn, Anke, Unsicker, Sybille, van Dam, Nicole, Weisser, Wolfgang, and Wittmann, Meike. “Ecology and Evolution of Intraspecific Chemodiversity of Plants”. Research Ideas and Outcomes 6 (2020): e49810.

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