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MARICE research

Chemical ecology is the study of how naturally occurring substances affect the interaction between organisms. The substances are produced by the organisms themselves, and are also called secondary metabolites or natural products. They may function as signals between individuals of the same species, as defence against predators or grazers, or to deter competitors.

In terrestrial ecosystems, research has given insigths to the great ecological and evolutionary significance that natural products often play for the survival of organisms. Also many of them can be used by humans in different kinds of applications, as for example penicillum and caffein. Less is known about natural products and their role for the survival of marine organisms. However, there are good reasons to expect that they are as important as in terrestrial environments.

MARICE aims to increase the understanding of bioactive substances in marine ecosystems, and how they mediate interactions. The research combines competences in ecology, chemistry, evolution, microbiology, molecular biology and hydrodynamics.
Research covers for example mechanisms and costs of chemical defence systems in algae, chemical ecology in biofilms, and the effects of hydrodynamics on chemically mediated interactions.


More about the research in MARICE


MARICE partners

Networks

MARICE researchers participate in several international networks.

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