New concept: Ecological chemomediators
Earlier, the author published two books (including 'Introduction to Biochemical Ecology', Moscow University Press, 1986) and some papers, in which he described the conceptual foundations of a new scientific discipline — biochemical ecology. The lines of research on biochemical ecology included studies of the role of chemical substances in interorganismal interactions, in communication and regulation of supraorganismal systems.
Another part of biochemical ecology concerns studies of the fate and transformation of external chemical substances when they interact with the organisms. Both natural and man-made compounds are within the focus of biochemical ecology. The basic concepts of biochemical ecology include two concepts and terms that were suggested by the author, namely ecological chemomediators and ecological chemoregulators. They were suggested by S.A.Ostroumov and since then, they have already been included accepted as part of modern ecological concepts and are used in modern ecological literature. Application of biochemical ecology to aquatic ecosystems creates the basis for development of biochemical hydrobiology.
More detail see in the publication: On the concepts of biochemical ecology and hydrobiology: Ecological chemomediators. - Contemporary Problems of Ecology, 2008, Volume 1 (2), p. 238-244 [© Pleiades Publishing, Ltd., 2008; distributed by Springer Science+Business Media LLC.] ISSN 1995-4255 (Print) 1995-4263 (Online)] DOI 10.1134/S1995425508020100. Original Russian Text © S.A. Ostroumov, 2006, published in Sibirskii Ekologicheskii Zhurnal, 2006, Vol. 13, No. 1, pp. 73–82.
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