Research on Chemical Ecology
Chemoecology is the science investigating all those relationships between organisms which are mediated by natural products and which concern interactions at all levels of organisation from individuals and populations to ecosystems.
Chemoecology integrates ecology and chemistry and aims to elucidate the significance of natural products in an evolutionary biological frame; it tries to describe by comparative approaches the use of natural products in organismic relationships in the context of ecological conditions and thus to understand adaptive values and selective advantages. [cf. Boppré & Malcolm, Chemoecology 1: 1-2 (1990)]