Publikationen ab 2010

(Publikationen vor 2010 finden sich auf den Webseiten der Mitarbeiter)


2018 / in press


Grüter, C., Jongepier, E., Foitzik, S. Insect societies fight back: the evolution of defensive traits against social parasites. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B, in press.

Grüter C, Wüst M, Cipriano AP, Nascimento FS. Tandem recruitment and foraging in the ponerine ant Pachycondyla harpax (Fabricius). Neotropical Entomology, in press.

Grüter C, Segers F, Santos L, Hammel B, Zimmermann U and Nascimento F. Enemy recognition is linked to soldier size in a polymorphic stingless bee. Biology Letters, in press.

Vogelweith F, Thiery D. Cover crop differentially affects arthropods, but not diseases occurring on grape leaves in vineyards. Australian Journal of Grape and Wine Research, in press.

Houadria M, Menzel F. What determines the importance of a species for ecosystem processes? Insights from tropical ant assemblages. Oecologia, in press.

Bott RA, Baumgartner W, Bräunig P, Menzel F, Joel A-C. Adhesion enhancement of structural capture threads by epicuticular waxes of the insect prey sheds new light on spider web evolution. Proceedings of the Royal Society B, in press.

Menzel F, Schmitt T, Blaimer B. The evolution of a complex trait: cuticular hydrocarbons in ants evolve independent from phylogenetic constraints. Journal of Evolutionary Biology, in press.

Junker RR, Kuppler J, Amo L, Blande JD, Borges RM, van Dam NM, Dicke M, Dötterl S, Ehlers B, Etl F, Gershenzon J, Glinwood R, Gols R, Groot AT, Heil M, Hoffmeister M, Holopainen JK, Jarau S, John L, Kessler A, Knudsen JT, Kost C, Larue-Kontic AAC, Leonhardt SD, Lucas-Barbosa D, Majetic CJ, Menzel F, Parachnowitsch AL, Pasquet RS, Poelman EH, Raguso RA, Ruther J, Schiestl FP, Schmitt T, Tholl D, Unsicker SB, Verhulst N, Visser ME, Weldegergis BT Köllner TG: Covariation and phenotypic integration in chemical communication displays: biosynthetic constraints and eco-evolutionary implications. New Phytologist, in press.

Segers F, Kešnerová L, Kosoy M and Engel P. Genomic changes associated with the evolutionary transition of an insect gut commensal into a blood-borne pathogen. The ISME Journal, in press.

Sauthier R, I'Anson Price R and Grüter C. Worker size in honeybees and its relationship with season and foraging distance. Apidologie, in press.

Edenhofer S, Tomforde S, Fischer D, Hähner J, Menzel F and von Mammen S. Decentralised trust-management inspired by ant pheromones. International Journal of Mobile Network Design and Innovation, in press.

Grüter C*, Segers F*, Menezes C, Vollet-Neto A, Falcon T, von Zuben L, Bitondi M, Nascimento F and Almeida E. Repeated evolution of soldier sub-castes suggests parasitism drives social complexity in stingless bees. Nature Communications, in press. (*contributed equally)




Feldmeyer, B., Elsner, D. Alleman, A., Foitzik S. (2017) Species-specific genes under selection characterize the co-evolution of slavemaker and host lifestyles. BMC Evolutionary Biology, 17:237

Weitekamp CA, Libbrecht R and Keller L. 2017. Genetics and evolution of social behavior in insects. Annual Review of Genetics, 51: 219-239.

Beros, S. Foitzik, S., Menzel, F. (2017) What are the Mechanisms Behind a Parasite-Induced Declin,e in Nestmate Recognition in Ants? Journal of Chemical Ecology, 43(9):869-880.

Vogelweith, F., Foitzik, S., Meunier, J. 2017. Age, sex, mating status, but not social isolation interact to shape basal immunity in a group-living insect. Journal of Insect Physiology, 103: 64-70.

Körner M, Vogelweith F, Foitzik S, Meunier J. 2017. Condition-dependent trade-off between weapon size and immunity in males of the European Earwig. Scientific Reports, 7 (1): 7988.

Kramer J, Körner M, Diehl J, Scheiner C, Yüksel-Dadak A, Christl T, Kohlmeier P, Meunier J. 2017. When earwig mothers do not care to share: parent-offspring competition and the evolution of family life. Functional Ecology, 31: 2098-2107.

Segev U, Burkert L, Feldmeyer B, Foitzik, S. 2017. Pace-of-life in a social insect: behavioral syndromes in ants shift along a climatic gradient. Behavioral Ecology, 28: 1149–1159.

Vogelweith F, Körner M, Foitzik S und Meunier J. 2017. Age, pathogen exposure, but not maternal care shape offspring immunity in an insect with facultative family life. BMC Evolutionary Biology, 17: 69.

Kohlmeier P., Negroni MA, Kever M., Emmling S., Stypa H., Feldmeyer B., Foitzik S. 2017. Intrinsic worker mortality depends on behavioural caste and the queens' presence in a social insect. The Science of Nature, 104: 34.

Kleeberg I, Menzel F and Foitzik S. 2017. The influence of slavemaking lifestyle, caste and sex on chemical profiles in Temnothorax ants: Insights into the evolution of cuticular hydrocarbons. Proceedings of the Royal Society B, 284: 20162249.

Menzel F, Blaimer BB and Schmitt T. 2017. How do cuticular hydrocarbons evolve? Physiological and climatic constraints on a complex functional trait in insects. Proceedings of the Royal Society B, 284: 20161727.

Salas-Lopez A, Houadria M, Menzel F and Orivel J. 2017. Ant-mediated ecosystem processes are driven by trophic community structure but mainly by the environment. Oecologia, 183: 249-261.

Wüst M, Menzel F. I smell where you walked - how chemical cues influence movement decisions in ants. Oikos, 126: 149-160.




Menzel F, Radke R, Foitzik S. 2016. Odor diversity decreases with inbreeding in the ant Hypoponera opacior. Evolution, 70: 2573-2582.

Körner M, Diehl JMC and Meunier J. 2016. Growing up with feces: benefits of allo-coprophagy in families of the European earwig. Behavioral Ecology, 27: 1775-1781.

Ratz T, Kramer J, Veuille M and Meunier J. 2016. The population determines whether and how life-history traits vary between reproductive events in an insect with maternal care. Oecologia, 182: 443-452.

I'Anson Price R, Grüter C, Hughes WOH and Evison, S.E.F.2016.  Symmetry breaking in mass-recruiting ants: extent of foraging biases depends on resource quality. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology, 70: 1813.

Binz H, Kraft E, Entling M and Menzel F. 2016. Behavioral response of a generalist predator to chemotactile cues of two taxonomically distinct prey species. Chemoecology, 26: 153-162.

Kohlmeier P, Holländer K and Meunier J. 2016. Survival after pathogen exposure in group-living insects: don't forget the stress of social isolation! Journal of Evolutionary Biology, 29: 1867-1872.

Ellwood MDFE, Blüthgen N, Fayle TM, Foster WA and Menzel F. 2016. Competition can lead to unexpected patterns in tropical ant communities. Acta Oecologica, 75: 24-34.

Pasquier G. and Grüter C. 2016. Individual learning and exploration are linked to colony foraging success in a mass-recruiting ant. Behavioral Ecology, 27: 1702-1709.

Grüter C, von Zuben L, Segers FHID, Cunningham P. 2016. Warfare in stingless bees. Insectes Sociaux, 63: 223-236.

Kramer J and Meunier J. 2016. Kin and multilevel selection in social evolution: a never-ending controversy? F1000 Research, 5: 776.

Metzler D, Jordan F, Pamminger T, Foitzik S. 2016. The influence of space and time on the evolution of altruistic defense: the case of ant slave rebellion. Journal of Evolutionary Biology, 29: 874-86.

Leonhardt SD*, Menzel F*, Nehring V*, Schmitt T. 2016. Ecology and evolution of communication in social insects. Cell (*all three authors contributed equally), 164: 1277-1287.

Negroni M, Jongepier E, Feldmeyer B, Kramer BH, Foitzik S. 2016. Life History Evolution in social insects: a female perspective. Current Opinion in Insect Science, 16: 51–57.

Segers FHID, Von Zuben LG, Grüter C (2016) Local differences in parasitism and competition shape defensive investment in a polymorphic eusocial bee. Ecology, 97, 417-426.

Hammel B, Vollet-Neto A, Menezes C, Nascimento FS, Engels W, Grüter C (2016) Soldiers in a stingless bee: work rate and task repertoire suggest guards are an elite force. The American Naturalist, 187, 120-129.

Grüter, C. & Keller, L. (2016) Inter-caste communication in social insects. Current Opinion in Neurobiology, 38, 6-11.

Kramer J, Klauke N, Bauer M, Schaefer HM (2016) No evidence for enforced alloparental care in a cooperatively breeding parrot. Ethology, 122, 389-398.

Kramer J and Meunier J (2016) Maternal condition determines offspring behavior towards family members in the European earwig. Behavioral Ecology, 27, 494-500.

Houadria M, Blüthgen N, Salas-Lopez A, Schmitt MI, Arndt J, Schneider E, Orivel J, Menzel F (2016): The relation between circadian asynchrony, functional redundancy and trophic performance in tropical ant communities. Ecology 97: 225-235

Jongepier E, Foitzik S. 2016 Ant recognition cue diversity is higher in the presence of slavemaker ants. Behavioural Ecology, 27: 304-311.

Kleeberg I & Foitzik S. 2016 The placid slavemaker: avoiding detection and conflict as an alternative, peaceful raiding strategy. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology, 70: 27-39.

Feldmeyer, B, Mazur J, Beros S, Lerp H, Binder H, Foitzik S. 2016 Gene expression patterns underlying parasite-induced alterations in host behaviour and life history. Molecular Ecology, 25: 648-660.

Jongepier E, Foitzik S. 2016 Fitness Costs of Worker Specialisation for Ant Societies. Proceedings of the Royal Society B, 283: 1822.




Thesing J*, Kramer J*, Koch LK and Meunier J (2015) Short-term benefits, but transgenerational costs of maternal loss in an insect with facultative maternal care. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences. 282: 20151617. (* Authors contributed equally to the work)

I'Anson Price R and Grüter C (2015) Why, when and where did honey bee dance communication evolve? Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution. 3: 125.

Kramer J, Thesing J and Meunier J (2015) Negative association between parental care and sibling cooperation in earwigs: a new perspective on the early evolution of family life? Journal of Evolutionary Biology. 28, 1299–1308.

Beros S, Jongepier E, Hagemeier F and Foitzik S. 2015 The parasite’s long arm: A tapeworm parasite induces behavioural changes in uninfected group members of its social host. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 282: 1819.

Jongepier E, Kleeberg I, Foitzik S. 2015 The ecological success of a social parasite increases with manipulation of collective host behaviour. J Evol Biol, 28: 2152-2162.

Kohlmeier P, Dreyer H and Meunier J. (2015) PO-CALC: A novel tool to correct common inconsistencies in the measurement of phenoloxidase activities. Journal of Insect Physiology 75:80-84.

Diehl J, Körner M, Pietsch M and Meunier J (2015). Feces production as a form of social immunity in an insect with facultative maternal care. BMC Evolutionary Biology 15, 40.

Kleeberg I, Jongepier E, Job S and Foitzik S. (2015) Geographic variation in social parasite pressure predicts intra- but not interspecific aggressive responses in hosts of a slavemaking ant. Ethology.

Kölliker M, Boos S, Wong JWY, Röllin L, Stucki D, Raveh S, Wu M and Meunier J (2015). Parent-offspring conflict and the genetic trade-offs shaping parental investment. Nature Communications 6, 6850.

Bucher R, Menzel F and Entling MH. (2015) Risk of spider predation alters food web structure and reduces local herbivory in the field. Oecologia. 178:571-577.

Patel S, Schell T, Eifert C, Feldmeyer B and Pfenninger M (2015) Characterising a hybrid zone between a cryptic species pair of freshwater snails. Molecular Ecology 24(3): 643-55.

Meunier J. (2015) Social immunity and the evolution of group living in insects. Philosophical Transaction of the Royal Society B 370, 20140102.

Sandrin L, Meunier J, Raveh S, Walser JC & Kölliker M. (2015) Multiple paternity and mating group size in the European earwig, Forficula auricularia. Ecological Entomology 40(2), 159-166.

Houadria M, Salas-Lopez A, Orivel J, Blüthgen N and Menzel F. (2015) Dietary and temporal niche differentiation in species-rich assemblages - can they explain local tropical ant coexistence? Biotropica 47: 208-217.

Patel S., Schell T., Eifert C., Feldmeyer B. and M. Pfenninger (2015). Characterizing a hybrid zone between a cryptic species pair of freshwater snails. Molecular Ecology 24: 643-655.
doi: 10.1111/mec.13049.




Merker S., Thomas S., Völker E., Perwitasari-Farajallah D., Feldmeyer B., Streit B. and M. Pfenninger (2014). Control region length dynamics potentially drives amino acid evolution in tarsier mitochondrial genomes. Journal of Molecular Evolution 79: 40-51.
doi: 10.1007/s00239-014-9631-2

Pamminger T, Foitzik S, Metzler D &Pennings PS. (2014) Oh sister, where art thou? Spatial population structure and the evolution of an altruistic defence trait. Journal of Evolutionary Biology, 27 (11): 2443-2456.

Wong J*, Meunier J*, Lucas C & Kölliker M. (2014) Paternal signature in kin recognition cues of a social insect: Concealed in juveniles, revealed in adults. Proceedings of the Royal Society B, 281(1793): 20141236. * equal contribution to the work

Jongepier, E., Kleeberg, I., Job S. & Foitzik, S. (2014) Collective defense portfolios of ant hosts shift with social parasite pressure. Proceedings of the Royal Society B, 282 (1801): 20140225.

Bucher R., Binz H., Menzel F. and Entling MH. (2014) Spider cues stimulate feeding, weight gain and survival of crickets. Ecological Entomology, 39: 667-673.

Koch L K and Meunier J (2014) Mother and offspring fitness in an insect with maternal care: phenotypic trade-offs between egg number, egg mass and egg care. BMC Evolutionary Biology14:125.

Weiss C, Kramer J, Holländer K and Meunier J (2014) Influences of relatedness, food deprivation and sex on adult behaviors in the group-living insect Forficula auricularia. Ethology, 120: 923-932.

Kleeberg I, Pamminger T, Jongepier E, Papenhagen M and Foitzik S (2014) Forewarned is forearmed: Aggression and Information use determine fitness costs of slave raids. Behavioral Ecology, 25 (5): 1058-1063.

Boos S, Meunier J, Pichon S and Kölliker M (2014) Maternal care provides anti-fungal protection to eggs in the European earwig (in press). Behavioral Ecology, 25(4): 754-761.

Kühbandner S, Modlmeier A., Foitzik S. 2014. Age and ovarian development are related to worker personality and task allocation in the ant Leptothorax acervorum. Current Zoology: 60 392-400.

Binz H, Foitzik S, Staab F, Menzel F(2014): The chemistry of competition: Exploitation of heterospecific cues depends on the dominance rank in the community. Animal Behaviour 94: 45-53.

Binz H, Bucher R, Entling MH & Menzel F (2014): Knowing the risk: Crickets distinguish between spider predators of different size and commonness. Ethology 120: 99-110

Schönhofer, A.; Buchholz, S. (2014) Beitrag zur Weberknechtfauna (Opiliones) Westfalens. Natur und Heimat, 74 (2): 33-38.

Moradmand, M., Schönhofer, A.L., Jäger, P. (2014) Molecular phylogeny of the spider family Sparassidae with focus on the genus Eusparassus and notes on the RTA-clade and ‘Laterigradae’. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 74: 48-65.

Bucher R, Binz H, Menzel F & Entling MH (2014): Effects of spider chemotactile cues on arthropod behavior. Journal of Insect Behaviour 27: 567-580.

Menzel F, Kriesell H, Witte V (2014) Parabiotic ants: the costs and benefits of symbiosis. Ecological Entomology, 39: 436-444.

Falk, J. Wong, JWY., Kölliker, M. and Meunier, J. (2014) Sibling cooperation in earwig families provides insights into the early evolution of social life. The American Naturalist 183: 547-557

Menzel F, Orivel J, Kaltenpoth M, Schmitt T (2014) What makes you a potential partner? Insights from convergently evolved ant-ant symbioses. Chemoecology 24: 105-119.

Seifert, B., Kleeberg I., Feldmeyer, B., Pamminger, T., Jongepier, E. Foitzik, S. (2014) Temnothorax pilagens sp. n. – a new slave-making species of the tribe Formicoxenini from North America (Hymenoptera, Formicidae). Zookeys, 368: 65-77.

Pamminger, T., Foitzik, S., Kaufmann, K., Schützler, N. and Menzel, F. (2014) Worker personality and its association with spatially structured division of labor. Plos One 9, e79616.

Kramer, B., Scharf, I., Foitzik S. (2014) The role of per-capita productivity in the evolution of small colony sizes in ants. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology, 68: 41-53.

Feldmeyer, B, Elsner D., Foitzik, S. (2014). Gene expression patterns associated with caste and reproductive status in ants: worker-specific genes are more derived than queen-specific ones. Molecular Ecology, 23: 151-161. Featured in News and Views Article by S. Sumner: The importance of genomic novelty in social evolution. Molecular Ecology, 23: 26-28:

Kramer, B., Scharf, I., Foitzik S. (2014). The role of per-capita productivity in the evolution of small colony sizes in ants. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology, 68: 41-53.




Meunier J, Kölliker M. (2013) Inbreeding depression in an insect with maternal care: influences of family interactions, life-stage and offspring sex. Journal of Evolutionary Biology, 26(10):2209-20.

Binz H, Bucher R, Entling MH, Menzel F (2013) Knowing the risk: wood crickets differentiate between spider predators of different size and commonness. Ethology 119: 1-12.

Kureck, I., Nicolai, B., Foitzik, S. (2013) Selection for early emergence, longevity and large body size in wingless, sib-mating ant males. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology, 67: 1369-1377.

Pohl, S., Foitzik, S. (2013) Parasite scouting and host defence behaviours are influenced by colony size in the slave-making ant Protomognathus americanus. Insectes Sociaux, 60: 293-301.

Kureck, I., Nicolai, B., Foitzik, S. (2013) Similar performance of diploid and haploid males in an ant species without inbreeding avoidance. Ethology, 119: 360-367.

Schmidt H., Greshake B., Feldmeyer B., Hankeln T., M. Pfenninger (2013) Genomic basis of ecological niche divergence among cryptic sister species of non-biting midges. BMC Genomics 14:384.

Wong JWY, Meunier J and Kölliker M. (2013) The evolution of parental care in insects: The roles of ecology, life history and the social environment. Ecological entomology, 38(2), 123-137.

Modlmeier, A.P., Foitzik S., Scharf, I. Starvation endurance of Temnothorax ants depends on group size, body size and access to larvae (2013). Physiological Entomology, 38(1) 89-94.

Pamminger, T., Leingärtner A., Achenbach A., Kleeberg I., Pennings P.S., Foitzik S. (2013) Geographic distribution of the anti-parasite trait “slave rebellion. Evolutionary Ecology, 27: 39-49.




Meunier J and Kölliker M (2012) Parental antagonism and parent-offspring co-adaptation interact to shape family life. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London B:  biological Sciences 279, 3981-3988

Meunier J and Kölliker M (2012) When it is costly to have a caring mother: food limitation erases the benefits of parental care in earwigs. Biology letters 8(4), 547-550

Meunier J, Wong JWY, Gomez Y, Kuttler S, Röllin L, Stucki D and Kölliker M (2012) One clutch or two clutches? Fitness correlates of coexisting alternative female life-histories in the European earwig.Evolutionary Ecology 26(3), 669-682

Merker S., D. Boucsein, B. Feldmeyer, D. Perwitasari-Farajallah, B. Streit (2012). Novel tetra- and   pentanucleotide microsatellite markers allow for multiplexed genotyping of Sulawesi tarsiers (Tarsius spp.).Conservation Genetics Resources 4(2): 343-345.

Menzel F, Staab M, Chung AYC, Gebauer G, Blüthgen N (2012): Trophic ecology of parabiotic ants: Do the partners have similar food niches? Austral Ecology 37: 537-546

Kureck, I. M., Jongepier E. Nicolai, B., Foitzik, S. 2012 No inbreeding depression but increased sexual investment in highly inbred ant colonies. Molecular Ecology 22:5613-5623

Scharf, I, Modlmeier, A.P., Beros, S., Foitzik S. 2012 Ant societies buffer individual-level effects of parasite infections. American Naturalist, 180: 671-683.

Modlmeier, A.P., Pamminger, T, Foitzik S., Scharf, S. Cold resistance depends on acclimation and behavioral caste in a temperate ant. Naturwissenschaften, 10: 811-819.

Pamminger, T, Modlmeier, A.P., Suette S., Foitzik S. Raiders from the sky: slavemaker founding queens select for aggressive host colonies. Biology Letters, 8: 748-750.

Steinmeyer, C, Pennings, P.S., Foitzik, S. Multicolonial population structure and nestmate recognition in an extremely dense population of the European ant Lasius flavus. Insectes Sociaux, 59: 499-510.

Konrad, M., Pamminger, T, Foitzik S. 2012. Two pathways ensuring social harmony.Naturwissenschaften, 99:627–636.8.Modlmeier, A.P., Liebmann, J.A., Foitzik S. 2012. Diverse societies are more productive: a lesson from ants. Proceedings of the Royal Society B 279: 2142-2150.9.

Scharf, I, Modlmeier, A., Fries, S, Tirard C, Foitzik S. 2012. Characterizing the collective personality of ant societies: Aggressive colonies do not abandon their home. Plos One 7: e33314. 10.

Scharf, I, Ovadia, O., Foitzik S. 2012. The advantage of alternative tactics of prey and predators depends on the spatial pattern of prey and social interactions among predators. Population Ecology 54: 187-196.

Menzel F, Schmitt T (2012): Tolerance requires the right smell: first evidence for interspecific selection on chemical recognition cues. Evolution 66-3: 896-904




Mas F, Meunier J and Kölliker M (2011) A new function of hydrocarbons in insect communication: maternal care and offspring signalling in the European earwig. Chimia 65:9, 744

Meunier J (2011) Can multiple pathways mediate the influence of queen number on nestmate discrimination in ants? Communicative and Integrative Biology 4(5), 609-611

Meunier J, Delémont O and Lucas C (2011) Recognition in ants: social origin matters. PLoS ONE 6(5): e19347

Darrouzet E, Meunier J, Bagnères AG & Schatz B (2011) Le génie des insectes sociaux. In "Le génie de la nature" (Book chapter - in French), ISBN  978-2914817769, Editions Biotope, p 86- 111.

Meunier J*, Fingueiredo Pinto S*, Burri R and Roulin A (2011) Eumelanin-based coloration and fitness parameters in birds: a meta-analysis. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology 65, 559-567 *Authors contributed equally to the work

Meunier J, Reber A and Chapuisat M (2011) Queen acceptance in a socially polymorphic ant. Animal Behaviour 81, 163-168

Feldmeyer B., C.W. Wheat, N. Krezdorn, B. Rotter, M. Pfenninger (2011). Short read Illumina data for thede novo assembly of a non-model snail species transcriptome (Radix balthica, Basommatophora, Pulmonata), and a comparison of assembler performance. BMC Genomics 12:317.

Pfenninger M., M. Salinger, T. Haun, B. Feldmeyer (2011). Factors and processes shaping the population structure and distribution of genetic variation across the species range of the freshwater snail Radix balthica (Pulmonata, Basommatophora). BMC Evolutionary Biology 11:135.

Lang C, Menzel F (2011): Lasius niger ants discriminate aphids based on their cuticular hydrocarbons.Animal Behaviour 82: 1245-1254

Foitzik, S, Rüger, M., Kureck, I. Metzler, D. Macro- and microgeographic genetic structure in an ant species with alternative reproductive tactics in sexuals. Journal of Evolutionary Biology 24: 2721-2730.

Menzel F, Schmitt T (2011): Tolerance requires the right smell: first evidence for interspecific selection on chemical recognition cues. Evolution, doi:10.1111/j.1558-5646.2011.01489.x

Lang C, Menzel F (2011): Lasius niger ants discriminate aphids based on their cuticular hydrocarbons.Animal Behaviour, 82 (6): 1245-1254.

Pohl, S., Witte, V., Foitzik, S. 2011. Division of labor and slave raid initiation in slave-making ants.Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology, 65: 2029-2036.

Modlmeier, A. P., Foitzik, S. 2011 Productivity increases with variation in aggression among group members in Temnothorax ants. Behavioral Ecology. 22: 1026-1032 .

Scharf, I., Pamminger, T., Foitzik, S. 2011 Differential response of ant colonies to intruders: attack strategies correlate with potential threat. Ethology, 117: 731-739.

Kureck, I. M., Neumann A. and S. Foitzik 2011. Wingless ant males adjust mate-guarding behaviour to the competitive situation in the nest. Animal Behaviour, 82: 339-346.

Scharf, I., Bauer, S., Fischer-Blass, B, Foitzik, S. 2011 Impact of a social parasite on ant host populations depends on host species, habitat and year. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society, 103: 559-570.

Pamminger, T., Scharf, I., Pennings, P., Foitzik, S. 2011. Increased host aggression as an induced defence against slavemaking ants. Behavioural Ecology, 22: 255-260.

Scharf, I., Fischer-Blass, B, Foitzik, S. 2011 Spatial structure and nest demography reveal the influence of competition, parasitism and habitat quality on slavemaking ants and their hosts. BMC Ecology 2011, 11:9.

Pamminger, T., Scharf, I., Pennings, P., Foitzik, S. 2011. Increased host aggression as an induced defence against slavemaking ants. Behavioural Ecology, 22: 255-260.

Abbot, P., Abe, D., ... Foitzik, S., ... Zink, A. 2011. Inclusive fitness theory and eusociality. Nature 471: E1-E4.

Foitzik, S., Fröba, J. Rüger, M.H., Witte, V. 2011. Competition over workers: Fertility signalling in wingless queens of Hypoponera opacior. Insectes Sociaux, 58: 271-287.

Pennings, P., Achenbach, A., Foitzik, S. 2011. Similar evolutionary potentials in an obligate ant parasite and its two host species. Journal of Evolutionary Biology, 24: 871-886.

Pohl, S., Foitzik, S. 2011 Slave-making ants prefer larger, better defended host colonies. Animal Behaviour, 81: 61-68.




Masclaux F, Hammond R, Meunier J, Gouhier-Darimont C, Keller L and Reymond P (2010) Competitive ability not kinship affects growth of Arabidopsis thaliana accessions. New Phytologist 185(1), 322-331

Meunier J, Delaplace L and Chapuisat M (2010) Reproductive conflicts and egg discrimination in a socially polymorphic ant. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology 64(10), 1655-1663

Reber A, Meunier J and Chapuisat M (2010) Flexible colony founding strategies in a socially polymorphic ant. Animal Behaviour 78, 467-472

Pen I., T. Uller, B. Feldmeyer, A. Harts, G.M. While, E. Wapstra (2010). Climate-driven population divergence in sex-determining systems. Nature 468: 436-438.

Feldmeyer B., K. Hoffmeier, M. Pfenninger (2010). The complete mitochondrial genome of Radix balthica(Pulmonata, Basommatophora), obtained by low coverage shot gun next generation sequencing.Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 57: 1329-1333.

Feldmeyer B., I. Pen, L.W. Beukeboom (2010). A microsatellite marker linkage map of the housefly,Musca domestica: evidence for male recombination. Insect Molecular Biology 19 (4): 575-581.

Menzel F, Woywod M, Blüthgen N, Schmitt T (2010): Behavioural and chemical mechanisms behind a Mediterranean ant-ant association. Ecological Entomology 35: 711-720

Menzel F, Pokorny T, Blüthgen N, Schmitt T (2010): Trail-sharing among tropical ants: interspecific use of trail pheromones? Ecological Entomology 35: 495-503

Menzel F, Blüthgen N (2010): Parabiotic associations between tropical ants: equal partnership or parasitic exploitation? Journal of Animal Ecology 79: 71-81

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