one possible function of volatile terpenes emitted from Dictyostelium discoideum is to attract other organisms to facilitate spore dispersal, resembling the function of volatile terpenes from the fruiting bodies of fungi
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terpene synthase genes of Dictyostelium discoideum are expressed at different times during multicellular development. As Dictyostelium discoideum begins to starve (0 h), mRNA of DdTPS2 is present at detectable but low levels. The mRNA abundance increases during development. At the time of slug formation (approximately 16 h), DdTPS2 mRNA reaches its highest abundance