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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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Animal sensory ecology and plant biochemistry

Animal sensory ecology and plant biochemistry

(p.21) Chapter 2 Animal sensory ecology and plant biochemistry
Plant-Animal Communication

H. Martin Schaefer

Graeme D. Ruxton

Oxford University Press

This chapter focuses on sensory systems of animals that are commonly involved in plant–animal communication. Animals perceive the world around them quite differently from humans. The spectral sensitivities to light reflected from objects around humans are different from those of most other animal groups. For example, birds and primates can discriminate flowers and fruits from their background by their colours over a range of tens of metres while insects can use the chromatic information of flowers only on a range of centimetres. Humans, however, perceive the smell of plants within a range of tens of metres. Perceptual differences among animals exist in all sensory modes. This chapter explains the ecological sensory differences of animals and the ways in which these senses are used to interact with the biochemistry of plants.

Keywords:   sensory system, plant–animal communication, spectral sensitivities, primates, sensory differences, ecology, biochemistry

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