Volatile Foraging Kairomones in the Littoral Zone: Attraction of an Herbivorous Freshwater Gastropod to Algal Odors

@article{Fink2006VolatileFK,
  title={Volatile Foraging Kairomones in the Littoral Zone: Attraction of an Herbivorous Freshwater Gastropod to Algal Odors},
  author={Patrick Fink and Eric von Elert and Friedrich J{\"u}ttner},
  journal={Journal of Chemical Ecology},
  year={2006},
  volume={32},
  pages={1867-1881}
}
Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) produced by algae and cyanobacteria are primarily responsible for odors in fresh waters. Among other functions, VOCs may serve as important infochemicals in biofilms of benthic primary producers. VOCs liberated by benthic, mat-forming cyanobacteria can be used as habitat-finding cues by insects, nematodes, and possibly other organisms. We developed a new gastropod behavioral assay that allows detection of food preference without offering food, thus allowing the… CONTINUE READING
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