Sensory aspects of plant-animal interactions

I’ve long had a strong interest in communication between species, so it was only natural that I’d get interested in the commuicative function of flowers and fruits, and the how plant traits influence animal senses more broadly. All I needed to kick start this was the right collaborator. Happliy I met someone with similar interests and much more expertise in the taxa concerned than me: Martin Schaefer in Germany, with who I co-wrote the monograph: plant-animal communication. That book still represents a good overview of our interests in this field, but our collaboration continues, and below is a selection of our recent publications.


Ruxton GD, Schaefer HM 2012 The conservation physiology of seed dispersal. Transactions of the Royal Society B 367, 1708-1718

Schaefer HM, Ruxton GD 2009  Deception in plants: mimicry or perceptual exploitation? Trends in Ecology & Evolution 24, 676-685

Schaefer HM, Ruxton GD 2009 The timing of food-deceptive flowers. Journal of Evolutionary Biology 22, 1133-1136

Schaefer HM, Ruxton 2008 Fatal attraction: carnivorous plants roll out the red carpet to lure insects. Biology Letters 4, 153-155