In another international collaboration published in BMC Microbiology we show that antibiotic and gamma-radiation treatment disturbs the endosymbiont community in tsetse flies which changes the composition of pheromones on their body surface and impacts mate choice.

Orginal publication: 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

Our collaborative manuscript on Wolbachia influencing pheromones and mating in the neotropical Drosophila paulistorum superspecies was published in Behavior Genetics.

Original publication: Schneider, D., Ehrman, L., Engl, T., Kaltenpoth, M., Hua-Van, A., Le Rouzic, A., Miller, W.J. (2018) Symbiont-driven male mating success in neotropical Drosophila paulistorum superspecies. Behavior Genetics. doi:10.1007/s10519-018-9937-8

The article on How beetle larvae thrive on carrion was released in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences to JGU press release:

Original publcation: 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.

The summary article "Schon immer die gleiche Medizin" highlighting our recent findings on the usage of symbiont produced antibiotics by beewolves was published in Nachrichten aus der Chemie.

Original publication: Engl, T. 2018 schon immer die gleiche Medizin, Nachrichten aus der Chemie, DOI:10.1002/nadc.20184075552.

We're moving!
From August, 27th 2018 our new address will be BioZentrum I, Hanns-Dieter-Hüsch-Weg 15.

Marion Lemoine starts her PhD thesis in our group - welcome Marion!

Tobias Engl won the professor/postdoc photo contest of the 9th International Symbiosis Society congress with a visualization of the Bacteroidetes symbionts in a larva of the saw toothed grain beetle Oryzaephilus surinamensis.

Thomas’ article „The cotton stainer’s gut microbiota suppresses infection of a co-transmitted trypanosomatid parasite“ was published in Molecular Ecology.
Orginal publication: Onchuru, T., Martinez, A., Kaltenpoth, M. (2018) The cotton stainer’s gut microbiota suppresses infection of a co-transmitted trypanosomatid parasite, Molecular Ecology, DOI: 10.1111/mec.14788

The latest paper on the symbiont-mediated chemical defense of Lagria beetles came out in Nature Communications.
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Original publication: 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

Julian Kiefer starts his PhD with us on the molecular host-symbiont interactions in grain pest beetles. Welcome, Julian!

Interested in Transmission of mutualistic bacteria in social and gregarious insects? Then check out our latest review in Current Opinion in Insect Science.
Orginal publication: Onchuru, O.T., 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.

Our review on the influence of microbes on pheromones of insects was published in Natural Product Reports.

Orginal publication: Engl, T., Kaltenpoth, M. (2018) Influence of microbial symbionts on insect pheromones, Natural Product Reports, DOI: 10.1039/c7np00068e

This year’s recipient of the Arnold Berliner Award is Dr. Jan Werner (Johannes Gutenberg-Universität, Mainz), in recognition of his research article on the evolution of endothermy in amniotes published in The Science of Nature in 2017 (Werner and Griebeler 2017).

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We welcome Dr. Junbeom Lee as a new group member!

Science Trends presents a new hypothesis on the evolution of endothermy in vertebrates, recently published in the journal The Science of Nature.

Link to ST website

Original publication: 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.


The article on the Evolutionarily stable symbiotic defense against mold fungi in beewolf wasps was released in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the USA.

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Original publication: 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, DOI 10.1073/pnas.1719797115

We welcome Dr. Eugen Bauer as a new member in our group - welcome Eugen!