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The association was formalized during the 6th Brazilian Meeting of Chemical Ecology (held from December 1-4, 2009 in Viçosa, MG). The memorandum of the founding act can be accessed here (Portuguese version only). The bylaws which were approved by the General Assembly held during the 1st ALAEQ meeting in Uruguay in october 2010, can be downloaded here (Spanish version).

The purpose of ALAEQ is to promote the interactions between scientists of the subcontinent, who are dedicated to the study of the role of naturally occurring compounds which mediate interactions between organisms and their environment. Research areas include the study of structure, function, synthesis and biosynthesis of natural products related to organisms, their importance at all levels of ecological organization, their evolutionary origin and their practical application.

The growth of Chemical Ecology in Latin America is reflected by an increasing number of publications and by the number of attendants and the scientific quality of the Brazilian meetings held biannually since 1999. We feel that a critical mass has been reached, and the formation of ALAEQ is another step towards establishing Chemical Ecology as an important part of the Latin American science. To reach this goal, we wish not only to strengthen the interaction between Latin American researchers, but also need to rely on contacts with scientists from outside the subcontinent. There is a myriad of problems in Latin America which are waiting to be studied with Chemical Ecology tools, and consequently there is much space for existing and future collaborations. ALAEQ intends to be a platform for regional collaborations and a bridge into the subcontinent for ISCE and APACE members.