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Plant-Animal Communication$
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H. Martin Schaefer and Graeme D. Ruxton

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199563609

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199563609.001.0001

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Final thoughts

Final thoughts

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(p.224) Chapter 11 Final thoughts
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Plant-Animal Communication
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H. Martin Schaefer

Graeme D. Ruxton

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199563609.003.0011

This chapter reviews some issues on plant–animal communication that originate from the integration of ideas across different chapters of this book. This type of communication and its evolution is more complex than the traditional binary sender–receiver models; thus, plant–animal communication can be instrumental to advance the concept of communication theory by integrating ecology and multiple species interaction into it. This chapter validates this conclusion by examining the costs and benefits associated with plant–animal communication, and by discussing its fundamental aspects. Adaptations, constraints, and implications of evolutionary communication in multiple species interactions are also outlined by exemplifying different scenarios.

Keywords:   plant–animal communication, binary sender–receiver models, communication theory, species interactions

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