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)]