'Secret Signals: odors of plants in distress' visualized by Rogier Arents

20 January 2012

A phenomenon called 'indirect plant defense' is an important research topic investigated by the population biologists of IBED together with the plant physiologists of SILS at the Faculty of Science. The research has now become the central topic of the latest movie made by the designer Rogier Arents of the Design Academy at Eindhoven.

When attacked by herbivores, plants immediately respond by releasing odorous signals. These odors are hard to detect for the human nose but are readily perceived by the prey-searching natural enemies of herbivores which can protect plants against herbivory. This phenomenon is called 'indirect plant defense' and investigated by the group Population Biology of the Institute for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Dynamics (IBED) together with the plant physiologists of the Swammerdam Institute for Life Sciences (SILS) at the Faculty of Science.

This research has now become the central topic of the latest movie made by the designer Rogier Arents of the Design Academy at Eindhoven. Rogier has specialized in visualizing scientific research for the general public and for this project he developed a new animation technique to explain how plants, plant eaters and natural enemies interact via plant odors. This animated movie, entitled Secret Signals is Rogier's graduation project and can be viewed on his website

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