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Plant volatiles


Baldwin,  Ian Thomas
Department of Molecular Ecology, Prof. I. T. Baldwin, MPI for Chemical Ecology, Max Planck Society;

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Baldwin, I. T. (2010). Plant volatiles. Current Biology, 20(9), R392-R397. doi:10.1016/j.cub.2010.02.052.

Cite as: https://hdl.handle.net/11858/00-001M-0000-0012-B891-2
Plant volatiles are the metabolites that plants release into the air. The quantities released are not trivial. Almost one-fifth of the atmospheric CO2 fixed by land plants is released back into the air each day as volatiles. Plants are champion synthetic chemists; they take advantage of their anabolic prowess to produce volatiles, which they use to protect themselves against biotic and abiotic stresses and to provide information — and potentially disinformation — to mutualists and competitors alike. As transferors of information, volatiles have provided plants with solutions to the challenges associated with being rooted in the ground and immobile.