313 pages, 26 figs
This is the first ever book devoted entirely to the chemical ecology of algae. Algae from both marine and freshwater habitats are covered, as are macroalgae (seaweeds) and microalgae (including phytoplankton). While its main emphasis is on the ecological rather than chemical aspects of the field, the book also includes a unique introductory chapter intended as a primer on algal natural products chemistry for ecologists. It elucidates the roles of chemical defenses in various regions and habitats, of DMSP, oxidative burst responses, and herbivore offense. Topics such as algal sensory chemical ecology and defenses against ultraviolet radiation are also treated, and an introduction to the chemical ecology of phytoplankton is provided.
Focusing on recent advances and also on topics particularly useful for undergraduate and graduate level courses, Algal Chemical Ecology is designed for research biologists working in the field as well as marine ecologists and algal biologists seeking an introductory guide.
From the reviews of the hardcover edition: "The chemical protections evolved by a great number of algae and how they affect the ecology where they live is the focus of this book. ! Amsler (Univ. of Alabama) has compiled a highly detailed and referenced scholarly synthesis of the current state of knowledge in this important field of study ! . Valuable for libraries collecting the top references related to the aquatic environment. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Graduate students through professionals in aquatic ecology." (C. W. Schneider, CHOICE, Vol. 45 (9), 2008) "Algal Chemical Ecology is the first book to synthesize the relatively young but quickly growing body of knowledge relating to algal chemistry. ! It is an invaluable resource for those who study, want to study, or simply have an interest in algal ecology. ! The authors create a clear picture of algal secondary metabolites and the implications this has on their interactions ! . Researchers and students of algae, and aquatic ecology in general, would be well served to read this book." (Jason R. Graff, Clean, Vol. 36 (3), 2008)
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