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Cheaters and liars: chemical mimicry at its finest

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Chemical mimicry is an essential part of certain interspecific interactions, where the outcome for both species may depend on the degree to which the original signals are mimicked. In this review, we discuss a number of specific cases relating to pollination and obtaining nutrient resources that we believe exemplify recent advances in our understanding of chemical mimicry. Subsequently, we suggest avenues for future ecological and chemical research that should allow us to gain further insight into the evolution of chemical mimicry.

Le mimétisme chimique est une composante essentielle de certaines interactions entre les espèces, dans lesquelles l’issue pour les deux espèces peut dépendre du degré de mimétisme des signaux d’origine. Dans notre rétrospective, nous discutons de plusieurs cas spécifiques reliés à la pollinisation et à l’obtention des ressources en nutriments qui, à notre avis, illustrent bien les progrès récents dans la compréhension du mimétisme chimique. Nous proposons ensuite des avenues de recherche écologiques et chimiques pour le futur qui devraient permettre des perspectives plus approfondies sur l’évolution du mimétisme chimique.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 2010-07-01

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