2nd Edition

Biology of Plant Volatiles

Edited By Eran Pichersky, Natalia Dudareva Copyright 2020
    428 Pages 26 Color & 53 B/W Illustrations
    by CRC Press

    428 Pages 26 Color & 53 B/W Illustrations
    by CRC Press

    428 Pages 26 Color & 53 B/W Illustrations
    by CRC Press

    Plant volatiles—compounds emitted from plant organs to interact with the surrounding environment—play essential roles in attracting pollinators and defending against herbivores and pathogenes, plant-plant signaling, and abiotic stress responses. Biology of Plant Volatiles, with contributions from leading international groups of distinguished scientists in the field, explores the major aspects of plant scent biology.

    Responding to new developments in the detection of the complex compound structures of volatiles, this book details the composition and biosynthesis of plant volatiles and their mode of emission. It explains the function and significance of volatiles for plants as well as insects and microbes whose interactions with plants are affected by these compounds. The content also explores the biotechnological and commercial potential for the manipulation of plant volatiles.


    • Combines widely scattered literature in a single volume for the first time, covering all important aspects of plant volatiles, from their chemical structures to their biosynthesis to their roles in the interactions of plants with their biotic and abiotic environment
    • Takes an interdisciplinary approach, providing multilevel analysis from chemistry and genes to enzymology, cell biology, organismal biology and ecology
    • Includes up-to-date methodologies in plant scent biology research, from molecular biology and enzymology to functional genomics 

    This book will be a touchstone for future research on the many applications of plant volatiles and is aimed at plant biologists, entomologists, evolutionary biologists and researchers in the horticulture and perfume industries.

    Part 1: Chemistry of plant volatiles 


    1. Practical approaches to plant volatile collection and analysis 

    Dorothea Tholl, Alexander Weinhold and Ursula Röse


    2. Analysis of internal pools of plant volatiles 

    Yoko Iijima, Naomi Okubo and Fukuyo Tanaka


    3. Bioassay-guided semiochemical discovery in volatile-mediated specialized plant-pollinator interactions with a practical guide to fast-track progress 

    Björn Bohman, Anna-Karin Borg-Karlson and Rod Peakall


    4. The Chemical diversity of floral scent 

    Jette T. Knudsen and Jonathan Gershenzon


    5. Vegetative and fruit volatiles for human consumption 

    Bhagwat Nawade, Mossab Yahyaa, Efraim Lewinsohn et al.


    Part 2: Biochemistry, molecular biology, and evolution of plant volatiles 


    6. The role of transcriptome analysis in shaping the discovery of plant volatile genes: past, present, and future 

    Darren C.J. Wong, Rod Peakall and Eran Pichersky


    7. Flux distribution dynamics at the interface of central carbon metabolism and terpenoid volatile formation 

    Bernd Markus Lange


    8. Floral scent metabolic pathways and their regulation 

    Joseph H. Lynch, Eran Pichersky and Natalia Dudareva


    9. Biosynthesis and regulation of vegetative plant volatiles 

    Takao Koeduka, Koichi Sugimoto and Kenji Matsui


    10. Biosynthesis and regulation of fruit volatiles 

    José L. Rambla and Antonio Granell


    11. Biosynthesis and regulation of below-ground signaling molecules 

    Lemeng Dong and Harro Bouwmeester


    12. Evolution of scent genes 

    Sylvie Baudino, Philippe Hugueney and Jean-Claude Caissard


    13. Volatiles in glands 

    Eran Pichersky


    14. Emission and perception of plant volatiles 

    Itay Maoz, Pulu Sun, Michel A. Haring et al.


    Part 3: Plant-plant, plant-insect and plant-microbial interactions 


    15. Floral volatiles for pollinator attraction and speciation in sexually deceptive orchids 

    Rod Peakall, Darren C. J. Wong, Björn Bohman et al.


    16. Behavioral responses to floral scent: experimental manipulations and multimodal plant-pollinator communication 

    Robert A. Raguso


    17. Herbivore-induced plant volatiles as a source of information in plant-insect networks 

    Marcel Dicke and Dani Lucas-Barbosa


    18. Belowground plant volatiles: plant-plant, plant-herbivore and plant-microbial interactions 

    Yifan Jiang, Dorothea Tholl and Feng Chen


    19. Tree volatiles: effects of biotic and abiotic factors on emission and biological roles 

    Erica Perreca, Jonathan Gershenzon and Franziska Eberl


    Part 4: Commercial Aspects of Plant Volatiles 


    20. Metabolic engineering of plant volatiles: floral scent, flavors, defense

    Milan Plasmeijer, Pan Liao, Michel Haring et al.


    Eran Pichersky, Natalia Dudareva