Plants and insects have greatly expanded their metabolic capacities through long term associations with microorganisms. In this special feature, we will examine the range of symbiotic associations shared among microbes, herbivores and plants and the diversity of metabolic capabilities accomplished through these interactions. The goal is to present approaches and systems that are changing our fundamental understanding of symbiotic associations and the ways we think about symbiosis in applied contexts. The chemical ecology of these interactions serves as both a unifying thread and a well-suited perspective to understand trends across systems.
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