The last 10 years' publications in peer-reviewed journals


Konrad M, Pull CD, Seif K, Metzler S, Grasse AV & Cremer S (2018) Ants avoid superinfections by performing risk-adjusted sanitary care. PNAS doi: 10.1073/pnas.1713501115
Pull CD, Ugelvig LV, Wiesenhofer F, Tragust S, Schmitt T, Brown MJF & Cremer S (2018) Destructive disinfection of infected brood prevents systemic disease spread in ant colonies. elife 7:e32073 doi: 10.7554/eLife.32073
Cremer S, Pull CD & Fürst MA (2018) Social immunity: emergence and evolution of colony-level disease protection. Annual Reviews of Entomology 63:105-23 doi: 10.1146/annurev-ento-020117-043110
Kutzer MAM, Kurtz J and Armitage SAO (2018) Genotype and diet affect resistance, survival, and fecundity but not fecundity tolerance. Journal of Evolutionary Biology 31:159-171 doi: 10.1111/jeb.13211


Futo M, Sell MP, Kutzer MAM, Kurtz J. (2017) Specificity of oral immune priming in the red flour beetle Tribolium castaneum. Biology Letters doi: 10.1098/rsbl.2017.0632
Pull CD & Cremer S (2017) Co-founding ant queens prevent disease by performing prophylactic undertaking behaviour. doi: BMC Evolutionary Biology 17:219 10.1186/s12862-017-1062-4
Greenwood JM, Milutinović B, Peuß R, Behrens S, Esser D, Rosenstiel P, Schulenburg H, Kurtz J (2017) Oral immune priming with Bacillus thuringiensis induces a shift in the gene expression of Tribolium castaneum larvae. BMC Genomics 18:329 doi: 10.1186/s12864-017-3705-7
Giehr J, Grasse AV, Cremer S, Heinze J & Schrempf A (2017) Ant queens increase their reproductive efforts after pathogen infection, Royal Society Open Science 4: 170547. doi: 10.1098/rsos.170547
Franke F, Armitage SAO, Kutzer MAM, Kurtz J & Scharsack JP (2017) Environmental temperature variation influences fitness trade-offs and tolerance in a fish tapeworm association. Parasites & Vectors 0(1):252 doi: 10.1186/s13071-017-2192-7.


Metzler S, Heinze J & Schrempf A (2016) Mating and longevity in ant males. Ecology and Evolution doi: 10.1002/ece3.2474
Milutinović B & Kurtz J (2016) Immune memory in invertebrates. Seminars in Immunology doi: 10.1016/j.smim.2016.05.004
McMahon DP, Natsopoulou ME, Doublet V, Fürst MA, Weging S, Brown MJF, et al.(2016) Elevated virulence of an emerging viral genotype as a driver of honeybee loss. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences 283(1833).doi: 10.1098/rspb.2016.0811
Milutinović B, Peuß R, Ferroa K & Kurtz J (2016) Immune priming in arthropods: an update focusing on the red flour beetle. Zoology .doi: 10.1016/j.zool.2016.03.006
Tartally A, Kelager A, Fürst MA & Nash DR (2016) Host plant use drives genetic differentiation in syntopic populations of Maculinea alcon. PeerJ4:e1865 .doi: 10.7717/peerj.1865
Peuß R, Wensing KU, Woestmann L, Eggert H, Milutinović B, Sroka MGU, Scharsack JP, Kurtz J & Armitage SAO (2016) Down syndrome cell adhesion molecule 1: testing for a role in insect immunity, behaviour and reproduction. Royal Society Open Science 3: 160138 .doi: 10.1098/rsos.160138


Milutinovic B, Höfling C, Futo M, Scharsack JP & Kurtz J (2015) Infection of Tribolium castaneum with Bacillus thuringiensis: quantification of bacterial replication within cadavers, transmission via cannibalism and inhibition of spore germination. Applied Environmental Microbiology 81.23 (2015): 8135-8144.doi: 10.1128/AEM.02051-15
Masri L, Branca A, Sheppard AE, Papkou A, Laehnemann D, Guenther PS, et al. (2015) Host–Pathogen Coevolution: The Selective Advantage of Bacillus thuringiensis Virulence and Its Cry Toxin Genes. PLoS Biol 13(6): e1002169. doi: 10.1371/journal.pbio.1002169
Kappler PM, Cremer S & Nunn CL (2015) Sociality and health: impacts of sociality on disease susceptibility and transmission in animal and human societies. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences. doi: 10.1098/rstb.2014.0116
Theme issue: The sociality–health–fitness nexus in animal societies
Theis FJ, Ugelvig LV, Marr C & Cremer S (2015) Opposing effects of allogrooming on disease transmission in ant societies. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences. doi: 10.1098/rstb.2014.0108
Theme issue: The sociality–health–fitness nexus in animal societies
Novak S & Cremer S (2015) Fungal disease dynamics in insect societies: optimal killing rates and the ambivalent effect of high social interaction rates. Journal of Theoretical Biology. doi: 10.1016/j.jtbi.2015.02.018
McMahon DP, Fürst MA, Caspar J, Theodorou P, Brown MJF & Paxton RJ (2015) A sting in the spit: widespread cross-infection of multiple RNA viruses across wild and managed bees. Journal of Animal Ecology. doi: 10.1111/1365-2656.12345
Konrad M, Grasse AV, Tragust S, & Cremer S (2015) Anti-pathogen protection versus survival costs mediated by an ectosymbiont in an ant host. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences 282(1799). doi: 10.1098/rspb.2014.1976


Stroeymeyt N, Casillas-Pérez B & Cremer S (2014) Organisational immunity in social insects. Current Opinion in Insect Science 5: 1–15. doi: 10.1016/j.cois.2014.09.001
Masri L & Cremer S (2014) Individual and social immunisation in insects. Trends in Immunology 35(10): 471–482. doi: 10.1016/
Special Issue: The Art (Avoidance, Resistance and Tolerance) of pathogen handling
Westhus C, Ugelvig LV, Tourdot E, Heinze J, Doums C & Cremer S (2014) Increased grooming after repeated brood care provides sanitary benefits in a clonal ant. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology 68: 1701–1710. doi: 10.1007/s00265-014-1778-8
Tobler M, Plath M, Riesch R, Schlupp I, Grasse A, Munimanda GK, Setzer C, Penn DJ & Moodley Y (2014) Selection from parasites favours immunogenetic diversity but not divergence among locally adapted host populations. Journal of Evolutionary Biology 27(5): 960–974. doi: 10.1111/jeb.12370
Fürst MA, McMahon DP, Osborne JL, Paxton RJ & Brown MJF (2014) Disease associations between honeybees and bumblebees as a threat to wild pollinators. Nature 506: 364-366. doi: 10.1038/nature12977


Pull CD, Hughes WOH, Brown MJF (2013) Tolerating an infection: an indirect benefit of co-founding queen associations in the ant Lasius niger. Naturwissenschaften 100: 1125–1136. doi: 10.1007/s00114-013-1115-5
Tragust S, Ugelvig LV, Chapuisat M, Heinze J & Cremer S (2013) Pupal cocoons affect sanitary brood care and limit fungal infections in ant colonies. BMC Evolutionary Biology 13: 225. doi: 10.1186/1471-2148-13-225
Masri L, Schulte R, Timmermeyer N, Thanisch S, Crummenerl L, Jansen G, Michiels NK & Schulenburg H (2013) Sex differences in host defense interfere with parasite-mediated selection for outcrossing during host-parasite coevolution. Ecology Letters 16(4): 461–468. doi: 10.1111/ele.12068
Tragust S*, Mitteregger B*, Barone V, Konrad M, Ugelvig LV & Cremer S (2013) Ants disinfect fungus-exposed brood by oral uptake and spread of their poison. Current Biology 23(1): 76-82. doi: 10.1016/j.cub.2012.11.034


Ugelvig LV & Cremer S (2012) Effects of social immunity and unicoloniality on host-parasite interactions in invasive insect societies. Functional Ecology 26: 1300-1312. doi: 10.1111/1365-2435.12013
Konrad M, Pamminger T & Foitzik S (2012) Two pathways ensuring social harmony. Naturwissenschaften 99(8): 627-636. doi: 10.1007/s00114-012-0943-z
Cremer S, Suefuji M, Schrempf A & Heinze J (2012) The dynamics of male-male competition in Cardiocondyla obscurior ants. BMC Ecology 12: 7. doi: 10.1186/1472-6785-12-7
Konrad M, Vyleta ML, Theis FJ, Tragust S, Stock M, Klatt M, Drescher V, Marr C, Ugelvig LV & Cremer S (2012) Social transfer of pathogenic fungus promotes active immunisation in ant colonies. PLoS Biology 10(4): e1001300. doi: 10.1371/journal.pbio.1001300
- Nature Research Highlights: Animal behaviour: Licking ants fight fungal infection. Nature 484(7393): 144. doi: 10.1038/484144c
Ugelvig LV, Andersen A, Boomsma JJ & Nash DR (2012) Dispersal and gene flow in the rare, parasitic Large Blue butterfly Maculinea arion. Molecular Ecology 21(13): 3224-3236. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-294X.2012.05592.x.
Vyleta ML*, Wong J* & Magun B (2012) Suppression of ribosomal function triggers innate immune signaling through activation of the NALP3 inflammasome. PLoS One 7(5): e36044. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0036044


Schrempf A*, Cremer S* & Heinze J (2011) Social influence on age and reproduction: reduced lifespan and fecundity in multi-queen ant colonies. Journal of Evolutionary Biology 24(7): 1455-1461. doi: 10.1111/j.1420-9101.2011.02278.x
Cremer S, Schrempf A & Heinze J (2011) Competition and opportunity shape the reproductive tactics of males in the ant Cardiocondyla obscurior. PLoS One 6 (3): e17323. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0017323
Espadaler X, Lebas C, Wagenknecht J & Tragust S (2011) Laboulbenia formicarum (Ascomycota, Laboulbeniales), an exotic parasitic fungus, on an exotic ant in France. Vie et Milieu - Life and Environment 61(1): 1-5.
Ugelvig LV, Nielsen PS, Boomsma JJ & Nash DR (2011) Reconstructing eight decades of genetic variation in an isolated Danish population of the Large Blue butterfly Maculinea arion. BMC Evolutionary Biology 11: 201. doi: 10.1186/1471-2148-11-201


Ugelvig LV, Kronauer DJC, Schrempf A, Heinze J & Cremer S (2010) Rapid anti-pathogen response in ant societies relies on high genetic diversity. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences 277: 2821-2828. doi: 10.1098/rspb.2010.0644
Lindauer M, Wong J & Magun B (2010) Ricin toxin activates the NALP3 inflammasome. Toxins. 2(6): 1500-1514. doi: 10.3390/toxins2061500


Cremer S & Sixt M (2009) Analogies in the evolution of individual and social immunity. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences 364: 129-142. doi: 10.1098/rstb.2008.0166
Lindauer ML, Wong J, Iwakura Y & Magun B (2009) Pulmonary inflammation triggered by ricin toxin requires macrophages and IL-1 signaling. Journal of Immunology 183: 1419-1426. doi: 10.4049/jimmunol.090111


Cremer S, Ugelvig LV, Drijfhout FP, Schlick-Steiner BC, Steiner FM, Seifert B, Hughes DP, Schulz A, Petersen KS, Konrad H, Stauffer C, Kiran K, Espadaler X, D’Ettorre P, Aktaç N, Eilenberg J, Jones GR, Nash DR, Pedersen JS & Boomsma JJ (2008) The evolution of invasiveness in garden ants. PLoS One 3(12): e3838. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0003838
Suefuji M, Cremer S, Oettler J & Heinze J (2008) Queen number influences the timing of the sexual production in colonies of Cardiocondyla ants. Biology Letters 4: 670-673. doi: 10.1098/rsbl.2008.0355
Cremer S, D’Ettorre P, Drijfhout FP, Sledge MF, Turillazzi S & Heinze J (2008) Imperfect chemical female mimicry in males of the ant Cardiocondyla obscurior. Naturwissenschaften 95: 1101-1105. doi: 10.1007/s00114-008-0430-8
Ugelvig LV, Drijfhout FP, Kronauer DJC, Boomsma JJ, Pedersen JS & Cremer S (2008) The introduction history of invasive garden ants in Europe: integrating genetic, chemical and behavioural approaches. BMC Biology 6: 11. doi: 10.1186/1741-7007-6-11
Angelo G, Lamon-Fava S, Sonna LA, Lindauer ML & Wood RJ (2008) Heat shock protein 90β: a novel mediator of vitamin D action. Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications 367(3): 578-83. doi: 10.1016/j.bbrc.2007.12.179


Cremer S, Armitage SAO & Schmid-Hempel P (2007) Social immunity. Current Biology 17: 693-702. doi: 10.1016/j.cub.2007.06.008
Ugelvig LV & Cremer S (2007) Social prophylaxis: group interaction promotes collective immunity in ant colonies. Current Biology 17: 1967-1971. doi: 10.1016/j.cub.2007.10.029
- Science Editors’ Choice: Prosocial Ants (2007) Science 318: 1697
Hughes DP & Cremer S (2007) Plasticity in anti-parasite behaviours and its suggested role in invasion biology. Animal Behaviour 74: 1593-1599. doi: 10.1016/j.anbehav.2006.12.025
Moder K, Schlick-Steiner BC, Steiner FM, Cremer S, Christian E & Seifert B (2007) Optimal species distinction by discriminant analysis: comparing established methods of character selection with a combination procedure using ant morphometrics as a case study. Journal of Zoological Systematics and Evolutionary Research 45(1): 82-87. doi: 10.1111/j.1439-0469.2006.00372.x
Korcheva V, Wong J, Lindauer M, Jacoby DB, Iordanov MS & Magun B (2007) Role of apoptotic signaling pathways in regulation of inflammatory responses to ricin in primary murine macrophages. Molecular Immunology 44(10): 2761-71. doi: 10.1016/j.molimm.2006.10.025