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Dietel, A.-K., Merker, H., Kaltenpoth, M. & Kost C. (2019) Selective advantages favour high genomic AT-contents in intracellular elements. PLoS Genetics. DOI:10.1371/journal.pgen.1007778.

Griebeler E. M., Klein N. (2019) Life-history strategies indicate live-bearing in Nothosaurus (Sauropterygia). Palaentology,

Griebeler, E. M., Klein, N. (2019) Data from: Life‐history strategies indicate live‐bearing in Nothosaurus (Sauropterygia). Dryad Digital Repository.

Junbeom Lee, Chan-Hee Kim, Ho Am Jang, Jiyeun Kate Kim, Toyomi Kotaki, Tetsuro Shinoda, Tetsuro Shinada, Jin-Wook Yoo, Bok Luel Lee (2019) Burkholderia gut symbiont modulates titer of specific juvenile hormone in the bean bug Riptortus pedestris. Developmental and Comparative Immunology 99,

Onchuru, T. O. & Kaltenpoth, M. (2019) Established cotton stainer gut bacterial mutualists evade regulation by host antimicrobial peptides. Applied and Environmental Microbiology. DOI: 10.1128/AEM.00738-19. 

Onchuru, T. O. & Kaltenpoth, M. (2019) Quantitative PCR primer design affects quantification of dsRNA‐mediated gene knockdown. Ecology and Evolution. DOI: 10.1002/ece3.5387. 

Schneider, D., Ehrman, L., Engl, T., Kaltenpoth, M., Hua-Van, A., Le Rouzic, A., Miller, W.J. (2019) Symbiont-driven male mating success in neotropical Drosophila paulistorum superspecies. Behavior Genetics. doi:10.1007/s10519-018-9937-8

Strohm, E., Herzner, G., Ruther, J., Kaltenpoth, M.Engl, T. (2019) Nitric oxide radicals are emitted by wasp eggs to kill mold fungi. eLife, doi; 10.7554/eLife.43718


Dietel, A.-K., Kaltenpoth, M. & Kost C. (2018) Convergent evolution in intracellular elements: plasmids as model endosymbionts. Trends in Microbiology, 26 (9): 755-768.

Dose, B., Niehs, S.P., Scherlach, K., Flórez, L.V., Kaltenpoth, M. & Hertweck, C. (2018) Unexpected bacterial origin of the antibiotic icosalide: two-tailed depsipeptide assembly in multifarious Burkholderia symbionts. ACS Chemical Biology, 13: 2414-2420.

Engl, T. (2018) Schon immer die gleiche Medizin. Nachrichten aus der Chemie, DOI:10.1002/nadc.20184075552

Engl, T., Eberl, N., Gorse, C., Krüger, T., Schmidt, T.H., Plarre, R., Adler, C. & Kaltenpoth, M. (2018) Ancient symbiosis confers desiccation resistance to stored grain pest beetles. Molecular Ecology 27 (8): 2095-2108.

Engl, T. & Kaltenpoth, M. (2018) Influence of microbial symbionts on insect pheromones. Natural Product Reports 35: 386-397.

Engl, T., Kroiss, J., Kai, M., Nechitaylo, T., Svatoš, A., Kaltenpoth, M. (2018). Evolutionary stability of antibiotic protection in a defensive symbiosis. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 115 (9)_: E2020-E2029.

Engl, T., Michalkova, V., Weiss, B. L., Uzel, G. D., Takac, P., Miller, W. J., Abd-Alla, A. M. M., Aksoy, S., and Kaltenpoth, M. (2018) Effect of antibiotic treatment and gamma-irradiation on cuticular hydrocarbon profiles and mate choice in tsetse flies (Glossina m. morsitans). BMC Microbiology. doi: 10.1186/s12866-018-1292-7

Flórez, L. V., Scherlach, L., Miller, I. J., Rodrigues, A., Kwan, J. C., Hertweck C. and Kaltenpoth, M. (2018). An antifungal polyketide associated to horizontally acquired genes in a symbiont contributes to egg defense in Lagria beetles. Nat. Commun. 9, 2478. DOI: 10.1038/s41467-018-04955-6

Griebeler, E.M. & Werner, J. (2018) Formal comment on: Myhrvold (2016) Dinosaur metabolism and the allometry of maximum growth rate. PLoS ONE; 11(11): e0163205. PLoS ONE 13(2):e0184756.

Hallmann, K. & Griebeler, E. M. (2018) An exploration of differences in the scaling of life history traits with body mass within reptiles and between amniotes. Ecology and Evolution, DOI: 10.1002/ece3.4069.

Klein, N. & Griebeler E. M. (2018) Growth patterns, sexual dimorphism, and maturation modelled in Pachypleurosauria from Middle Triassic of central Europe (Diapsida: Sauropterygia). Fossil Record 21: 137-157.

Onchuru, T., Martinez, A., Kaltenpoth, M. (2018) The cotton stainer’s gut microbiota suppresses infection of a co-transmitted trypanosomatid parasite, Molecular Ecology, 27 (16): 3408-3419.

Onchuru, T. O., Martinez, A., Ingham, C. S. & Kaltenpoth, M. (2018) Transmission of mutualistic bacteria in social and gregarious insects. Current Opinion in Insect Science 28: 50-58.

Pakwan, C., Kaltenpoth, M., Weiss, B., Chantawannakul, P., Jun, G. & Disayathanoowat, T. (2018) Bacterial communities associated with the ectoparasitic mites Varroa destructor and Tropilaelaps mercedesae of honey bees (Apis mellifera). FEMS Microbiology Ecology. DOI: 10.1093/femsec/fix160.

Paniagua Voirol, L.R., Frago, E., Kaltenpoth, M., Hilker, M. & Fatouros, N.E. (2018) Bacterial symbionts in Lepidoptera: Their variability, transmission and impact on the host. Frontiers in Microbiology 9: 556.

Shukla, S.P., Plata, C., Reichelt, M., Steiger, S., Heckel, D.G., Kaltenpoth, M., Vilcinskas, A. & Vogel, H. (2018) Microbiome-assisted carrion preservation aids larval development in a burying beetle. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the USA, doi: 10.1073/pnas.1812808115.

Shukla, S.P., Vogel, H., Heckel, D.G., Vilcinskas, A. & Kaltenpoth, M. (2018) Burying beetles regulate the microbiome of carcasses and use it to transmit a core microbiota to their offspring. Molecular Ecology 27 (8): 1980-1991.

Strohm, E., Herzner, G., Ruther, J., Kaltenpoth, M., Engl, T. (2018) Nitric oxide radicals are emitted by wasp eggs to kill mold fungi, bioRxiv, 495085, doi: 

Werner, J., Sfakianakis, N., Rendall, A. D. & Griebeler, E. M. (2018) Energy intake functions and energy budgets of ectotherms and endotherms derived from their ontogenetic growth in body mass and timing of sexual maturation. Journal of Theoretical Biology. 444: 83-92.


Adam, N., Erler, T., Kallenbach, M., Kaltenpoth, M., Kunert, G., Baldwin, I.T., Schuman, M.C. (2017) Co-infestation of Nicotiana attenuata plants by a generalist leafhopper changes the sex ratio of the specialist herbivore Tupiocoris notatus. Journal of Integrative Plant Biology 59 (1): 44-59.

Alonso-Pernas, P., Arias-Cordero, E., Novoselov, A., Ebert, C., Rybak, J., Kaltenpoth, M., Westermann, M., Neugebauer, U., Boland, W. (2017) Bacterial community and PHB-accumulating bacteria associated with the wall and specialized niches of the hindgut of the forest cockchafer (Melolontha hippocastani). Frontiers in Microbiology 8: 291.

Berasategui, A., Salem, H., Paetz, C., Santoro, M., Gershenzon, J., Kaltenpoth, M., Schmidt, A. (2017), Gut microbiota of the pine weevil degrades conifer diterpenes and increases insect fitness. Molecular Ecology 26 (15): 4099-4110.

Flórez, L. V. and Kaltenpoth, M. (2017) Symbiont dynamics and strain diversity in the defensive mutualism between Lagria beetles and Burkholderia. Environ. Microbiol. 19 (9): 3674-3688.

Flórez, L. V., Scherlach, K., Gaube, P., Ross, C., Sitte, E., Hermes, C., Rodrigues, A., Hertweck, C., Kaltenpoth, M. (2017) Antibiotic-producing symbionts dynamically transition between plant pathogenicity and insect defensive mutualism. Nature Communications 8: 15172.

Gaube, P., Kaltenpoth, M. & Flórez, L.V. (2017) Infection of soybean plants with an insect bacterial symbiont and evaluation of plant fitness effects. BioProtocol 7 (24): 1-13.

Johannesen, J. (2017) Tracing the history and ecological context of Wolbachia double infection in a specialist host (Urophora cardui)—parasitoid (Eurytoma serratulae) system. Ecology and Evolution DOI:10.1002/ece3.2713.

Salem, H., Bauer , E., Kirsch R., Berasategui, A., Cripps, M., Weiss, B., Koga, R., Fukumori, K., Vogel, H., Fukatsu, T. & Kaltenpoth, M. (2017) Drastic Genome Reduction in an Herbivore's Pectinolytic Symbiont. Cell. 171 (7):1520-1531.

Sandoval-Calderón, M., Guan, Z., Sohlenkamp, C. (2017) Knowns and unknowns of membrane lipid synthesis in streptomycetes. Biochimie. DOI: 10.1016/j.biochi.2017.05.008.

Sudakaran, S., Kost, C., Kaltenpoth, M. (2017) Symbiont acquisition and replacement as a source of ecological innovation. Trends in Microbiology 25 (5): 375-390.

Vogel, H., Shukla, S., Engl, T., Weiss, B., Fischer, R., Steiger, S., Heckel, D.G., Kaltenpoth, M., Vilcinskas, A. (2017) The digestive and defensive basis of carcass utilization by the burying beetle and its microbiota. Nature Communications 8: 15186.

Werner, J. & Griebeler, E.M. (2017) Was endothermy in amniotes induced by an early stop in growth during ontogeny? The Science of Nature 104:90.

Zizzarri, V., Engl, T., Lorenz, S., Ellers, J., Groot, A. (2017) Love at first sniff: a spermatophore-associated pheromone mediates partner attraction in the soil. Animal Behaviour. 124:221-227, DOI:10.1016/j.anbehav.2016.12.015


Berasategui, A., Axelsson, K., Nordlander, G., Schmidt, A., Borg-Karlson, A.-K., Gershenzon, J. Terenius, O., & Kaltenpoth, M. (2016) The gut microbiota of the pine weevil (Hylobius abietis, Coleoptera: Curculionidae) is similar across Europe and resembles that of other conifer-feeding beetles. Molecular Ecology 16: 4014-4031.

Berasategui, A., Shukla, S., Salem, H. & Kaltenpoth, M. (2016) Potential applications of insect symbionts in biotechnology. Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology 100 (4): 1567-1577.

Dohet, L., Gregoire, J.-C., Berasategui, A., Kaltenpoth, M. & Biedermann, P. (2016) Bacterial and fungal symbionts of parasitic Dendroctonus bark beetles. FEMS Microbiology Ecology 92 (9): 1-12.

Engl, T., Bodenstein, B. & Strohm, E. (2016) Mycobiota of brood cells of the European Beewolf, Philanthus triangulum (Hymenoptera, Crabronidae). European Journal of Entomology 113: 271-277.

Griebeler, E. M. & Werner, J. (2016) Mass, phylogeny and temperature are sufficient to explain differences in metabolic scaling across mammalian orders? Ecology and Evolution DOI 10.1002/ece3.2555.

Hesse, L. Falk, J. & Koch, K. (2016) Inflexible versus flexible: the influence of temperature and photoperiod on pre- and post-eyespot development time in Libellulidae (Odonata). Physiological Entomology 41(3): 224-233.

Hoffmann, G. S., Johannesen, J. & Griebeler, E. M. (2016) Population dynamics of a natural red deer population over 200 years detected via substantial changes of genetic Variation. Ecology and Evolution 6 (10): 3146-3153.

Kaltenpoth, M. (2016) Symbiotic Streptomyces provide antifungal defense in solitary wasps. In: Hurst, C.J. (ed.) Advances in environmental microbiology: The mechanistic benefits of microbial symbionts. Springer, Heidelberg.

Kaltenpoth, M., Strupat, K. & Svatoš, A. (2016) Linking metabolite production to taxonomic identity in environmental samples by (MA)LDI-FISH. The ISME Journal 10 (2): 527-531.

Klein, N. & Griebeler, E.M. (2016) Bone histology, microanatomy, and growth of the nothosauroid Simosaurus gaillardorti (Sauropterygia) from the Upper Muschelkalk of southern Germany/Baden-Württemberg. Comptes rendus Palevol.15: 147-167.

Klein, A., Schrader, L., Gil, R., Manzano-Marin, A., Flórez, L., Wheeler, D., Werren, J. H., Latorre, A., Heinze, J., Kaltenpoth, M., Moya, A. & Oettler, J. (2016) A novel intracellular mutualistic bacterium in the invasive ant Cardiocondyla obscurior. The ISME Journal 10 (2): 376-388.

Linn, C.A. & Griebeler, E. M. (2016) Habitat preference of German Mantis religiosa populations (Mantodea: Mantidae) and implications for conservation. Environmental Entomology 45(4): 829-840.

Onchuru, T.O., Ajamma, Y.U., Burugu, M., Kaltenpoth, M., Masiga, D. K. & Villinger, J. (2016) Chemical parameters and bacterial communities associated with larval habitats of Anopheles, Culex and Aedes mosquitoes in western Kenya. International Journal of Tropical Insect Science 36(3): 146-160.

Rummel, C.D., Löder, M.G.J., Fricke, N.F., Lanf, T., Griebeler, E.M., Janke, M. & Gerdts, G.(2016) Plastic ingestion by pelagic and demersal fish from the North Sea and Baltic Sea. Marine Pollution Bulletin 102: 134-141.

Staudacher, H., Kaltenpoth, M., Breeuwer, J.A.J., Menken, S.B.J., Heckel, D.G. & Groot, A.T. (2016) Variability of bacterial communities in the moth Heliothis virescens indicates transient association with the host. PLoS ONE 11(5): e0154514.

Weiss, B. & Kaltenpoth, M. (2016) Bacteriome-localized intracellular symbionts in pollen-feeding beetles of the genus Dasytes (Coleoptera, Dasytidae). Frontiers in Microbiology 7:1486. doi: 10.3389/fmicb.2016.01486.

Werner, J., Sfakianakis, Rendall, A. & Griebeler, E.M. (2016) Energy intake functions of ectotherms and endotherms derived from their body mass growth. arXiv:1611.09052v1.

Whitaker, M.R.L., Salzman, S., Sanders, J., Kaltenpoth, M., Pierce, N.E. (2016) Microbial communities of lycaenid butterflies do not correlate with host diet. Frontiers in Microbiology 7: 1920.


Buse, J., Boch, S., Hilgers, J. & Griebeler, E.M. (2015) Conservation of threatened habitat types under future climate change - lessons from plant-distribution models and current extinction trends in southern Germany. Journal of Nature Conservation 27:18-25.

Flórez, L., Biedermann, P.H.W., Engl, T. & Kaltenpoth, M. (2015) Defensive symbioses of animals with prokaryotic and eukaryotic microorganisms. Natural Product Reports,32: 904-936.

Geisinger, C. & Koch, K. (2015) Vergleich der Libellenfauna (Odonata) im Naturschutzgebiet Laubenheimer-Bodenheimer Ried in Mainz von 2006 bis 2014. Mainzer naturwiss. Archiv, 52: 167-177.

Hallmann, K. & Griebeler, E.M. (2015) Eggshell types and their evolutionary correlation with life-history strategies in Squamates. PLoS ONE DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0138785.

Jäckel, K. & Koch, K. (2015) Anisoptera-Exuvien (Odonata): nur leere Hüllen? Libellula 34 (3/4) 2015: 143–159.

Klein, N., Neenan, J., Scheyer, T. & Griebeler E.M. (2015) Growth patterns and life history strategies in Placodontia (Diapsida: Sauropterygia). Royal Society Open Science DOI: 10.1098/rsos.140440.

Koch, K. (2015) Influence of temperature and photoperiod on embryonic development in the dragonfly Sympetrum striolatum (Odonata: Libellulidae). Physiological Entomology 40: 90-101.

Koch, K. (2015) Lifetime egg production of captive libellulids (Odonata). International Journal of Odonatology 18 (3): 193-204.

Koch, K. & Hesse, L. (2015) Vom Ei zum Fluginsekt. Der Lebenszyklus von Libellen. PdN Biologie in der Schule / Libellenforschung 5: 4-8.

Koch, K. & Jäckel, K. (2015) Slow versus fast Lifestyle. PdN Biologie in der Schule / Libellenforschung 5: 22-25.

Koch, K. & Prinzhorn, S. (2015) Wie stark beeinflussen Methoden und Bearbeiter die Aussagekraft wissenschaftlicher Studien? PdN Biologie in der Schule / Libellenforschung 5: 9-12.

Linn, C.A. & Griebeler, E.M. (2015) Reconstruction of two colonisation pathways of Mantis religiosa (Mantodea) in Germany using four mitochondrial markers. Genetica 143 (1): 11-20.

Ott, J. & Koch, K. (2015) Sympetrum striolatum (Charpentier, 1840). Große Heidelibelle. In: Brockhaus et al. 2014; Verbreitungsatlas der Libellen Deutschlands. Libellula Supplement 14: 1-394.

Ott, J. & Koch, K. (2015) Sympetrum vulgatum (Linnaeus, 1758). Gemeine Heidelibelle. In: Brockhaus et al. 2014; Verbreitungsatlas der Libellen Deutschlands. Libellula Supplement 14: 1-394.

Salem, H., Flórez, L., Gerardo, N.M. & Kaltenpoth, M. (2015) An out-of-body experience: The extracellular dimension for the transmission of mutualistic bacteria in insects. Proceedings of the Royal Society B-Biological Sciences 282: 20142957.

Salem, H., Onchuru, T.O., Bauer, E. & Kaltenpoth, M. (2015) Symbiont transmission entails the risk of parasite infection. Biology Letters 11: 20150840.

Schwarz, L., Jäckel, K., Trautmann, .S, Griebeler, E.M. & Tietze, D.T. (2015) Zehn Jahre Integriertes Singvogelmonitoring am Eich-Gimbsheimer Altrhein. Fauna Flora Rheinland-Pfalz,13: Heft 1, 173-200.

Sudakaran, S., Retz, F., Kikuchi, Y., Kost, C. & Kaltenpoth, M. (2015) Evolutionary transition in symbiotic syndromes enabled diversification of phytophagous insects on an imbalanced diet. The ISME Journal 9 (12): 2587-2604.

Tserkova, F., Kirilova, T., Tcholakova, T., Gevezova-Kazakova, M., Klisarova, D., Johannesen, J. & Denev, I. (2015) Comparative study of round goby (Neogobius melanostomus) populations inhabiting black sea and north-west European water basins as revealed by variability in Cytochrome B gene. Bulgarian Journal of Agricultural Science 21 (1): 100-105.

Weiss, K., Strohm, E., Kaltenpoth, M., Herzner, G. (2015) Comparative morphology of the postpharyngeal gland in the Philanthinae (Hymenoptera, Crabronidae) and the evolution of an antimicrobial brood protection mechanism. BMC Evolutionary Biology 15: 291.

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