in press

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


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 DOI:10.1111/mec.14186.

Engl, T., Eberl, N., Gorse, C., Krueger, T., Schmidt, T.H.-P., Plarre, R., Adler, C. & Kaltenpoth, M. (2017) Ancient symbiosis confers desiccation resistance to stored grain pest beetles. Molecular Ecology doi: 10.1111/mec.14418

Flórez, L. V. and Kaltenpoth, M. (2017) Symbiont dynamics and strain diversity in the defensive mutualism between Lagria beetles and Burkholderia. Environ. Microbiol. doi:10.1111/1462-2920.13868.

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 DOI:10.1038/ncomms15172.

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.

Kaltenpoth, M. (2017) 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.

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. DOI:10.1016/j.cell.2017.10.029

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.

Shukla, S. P., Vogel, H., Heckel, D.G., Vilcinskas, A., Kaltenpoth, M. (2017) Burying beetles regulate the microbiome of carcasses and use it to transmit a core microbiota to their offspring. Molecular Ecology, doi: 10.1111/mec.14269.

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 DOI: 10.1038/ncomms15186

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., 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.

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.


  (Publikationen vor 2015 finden sich auf den Webseiten der Mitarbeiter)