Chemical ecology

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Chemical ecology is the study of the chemicals involved in the interactions of living organism
Organism
In biology, an organism is any contiguous living system . In at least some form, all organisms are capable of response to stimuli, reproduction, growth and development, and maintenance of homoeostasis as a stable whole.An organism may either be unicellular or, as in the case of humans, comprise...

s. It focuses on the production of and response to signaling molecules (i.e. semiochemical
Semiochemical
A semiochemical is a generic term used for a chemical substance or mixture that carries a message. These chemicals acts as messengers within or between species...

s) and toxins. Chemical ecology is of particular importance among ants and other social insects – including bees, wasps, and termites – as a means of communication essential to social organization. In addition, this area of ecology deals with studies involving defensive chemicals which are utilized to deter potential predators, which may attack a wide variety of species.

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