Many animal species make use of alarm signals to warn other species members of impending danger. Such signals can take many forms, including acoustic, chemical, visual and mechanical stimuli. The most studied alarm signals are vocal signals of mammals and birds, which are the only ones known to vary according to the degree and nature of the threat. However, many species, and insects especially, make use of chemical alarm signals (alarm pheromones). Paulien de Bruijn investigates whether insects can adapt the composition of the pheromones they admit in response to a specific threat, for example by adjusting the proportion of the constituent pheromones.
P.J.A. de Bruijn: Context-dependent Chemical Communication, Alarm Pheromones of Thrips Larvae.
Prof. M.W. Sabelis (†)
Prof. S.B.J. Menken
Dr C.J.M. Egas
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