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  • Bernadou A, Hoffacker E, Pable J, Heinze J (2020) Lipid content influences division of labour in a clonal ant. J. Exp. Biol: jeb.219238. DOI: 10.1242/jeb.219238
  • Meusemann K, Korb J, Schughart M, Staubach F (2020) No evidence for single-copy immune-gene specific signals of selection in termites. Front. Ecol. Evol. 8:26. DOI: 10.3389/fevo.2020.00026


  • Hartmann C, Heinze J, Bernadou A (2019) Age-dependent changes in cuticular color and pteridine levels in a clonal ant. J Insect Physiol. 118: 103943. DOI: 10.1016/j.jinsphys.2019.103943
  • Negroni MA, Foitzik S, Feldmeyer B (2019) Long-lived Temnothorax ant queens switch from investment in immunity to antioxidant production with age. Sci. Rep. 9:7270. DOI: 10.1038/s41598-019-43796-1
  • Aumer D, Stolle E, Allsopp M, Mumoki F, Pirk CWW, Moritz RFA (2019) A single SNP turns a social honey bee (Apis mellifera) worker into a selfish parasite. Mol. Biol. Evol. 36:516-526. DOI: 10.1093/molbev/msy232
  • Monroy Kuhn JM, Meusemann K, Korb J (2019) Long live the queen, the king and the commoner? Transcript expression differences between old and young in the termite Cryptotermes secundus. PlOS ONE 14:e0210371. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0210371


  • Bernadou A, Schrader L, Pable J, Hoffacker E, Meusemann K, Heinze J (2018) Stress and early experience underlie dominance status and division of labour in a clonal insect. Proc. Biol. Sci. 285:20181468. DOI: 10.1098/rspb.2018.1468
  • Kremer LPM, Korb J, Bornberg-Bauer E (2018) Reconstructed evolution of insulin receptors in insects reveals duplications in early insects and cockroaches. J. Exp. Zool. B. Mol. Dev. Evol. 330:305-311. DOI: 10.1002/jez.b.22809
  • Jongepier E, Kemena C, Lopez-Ezquerra A, Belles X, Bornberg-Bauer E, Korb J (2018) Remodeling of the juvenile hormone pathway through caste-biased gene expression and positive selection along a gradient of termite eusociality. J. Exp. Zool. B. Mol. Dev. Evol. 330:296-304. DOI: 10.1002/jez.b.22805
  • Harrison MC et al. (2018) Expansions of key protein families in the German cockroach highlight the molecular basis of its remarkable success as a global indoor pest. J. Exp. Zool. B. Mol. Dev. Evol. 330: 254-264. DOI: 10.1002/jez.b.22824
  • Bornberg‐Bauer E, Harrison MC, Jongepier E (2018) The first cockroach genome and its significance for understanding development and the evolution of insect eusociality. J. Exp. Zool. B. Mol. Dev. Evol. 330: 251-253. DOI: 10.1002/jez.b.22826
  • Elsner D, Meusemann K, Korb J (2018) Longevity and transposon defense, the case of termite resproductives. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. U.S.A. 115:5504-5509. DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1804046115
  • Harrison MC, Jongepier E, Robertson HM, ..., Belles X, Korb J, Bornberg-Bauer E (2018) Hemimetabolous genomes reveal molecular basis of termite eusociality. Nat. Ecol. Evol. 2:557-566. DOI: 10.1038/s41559-017-0459-1
  • Aumer D, Mumoki F, Pirk CWW, Moritz RFA (2018) The transcriptomic changes associated with the development of social parasitism in the honeybee A. m. capensis. Sci. Nat. (Naturwissenschaften). 105:22. DOI: 10.1007/s00114-018-1552-2


  • Giehr J, Grasse AV, Cremer S, Heinze J, Schrempf A (2017) Ant queens increase their reproductive efforts after pathogen infection. R. Soc. Open Sci. 4:170547. DOI: 10.1098/rsos.170547
  • Giehr J, Heinze J, Schrempf A (2017) Group demography affects ant colony performance and individual speed of queen and worker aging. BMC Evol. Biol. 17:e173. DOI: 10.1186/s12862-017-1026-8
  • Heinze J (2017) Life history evolution in ants: the case of Cardiocondyla. Proc. Biol. Sci. 284:20161406. DOI: 10.1098/rspb.2016.1406
  • Hoedjes KM, Rodrigues MA, Flatt T (2017) Amino acid modulation of lifespan and reproduction in Drosophila. Curr. Opin. Insect Sci. 23:118-122. DOI: 10.1016/j.cois.2017.07.005
  • Kohlmeier P, Negroni MA, Kever M, Emmling S, Stypa H, Feldmeyer B, Foitzik S (2017) Intrinsic worker mortality depends on behavioral caste and the queens’ presence in a social insect. Sci. Nat. (Naturwissenschaften) 104:34. DOI: 10.1007/s00114-017-1452-x
  • Korb J, Belles X (2017) Juvenile hormone and hemimetabolan eusociality. Curr. Opin. Insect Sci. 22:109-116. DOI: 10.1016/j.cois.2017.06.002
  • Korb J, Heinze J (2016) Major hurdles for the evolution of sociality. Annu. Rev. Entomol. 61:297-316. DOI: 10.1146/annurev-ento-010715-023711
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Current Opinion in Insect Science - Special issue

Social Insects. Special Issue. Volume 16, [1]

  • De Verges J, Nehring V (2016) A critical look at proximate causes of social insect senescence: damage accumulation or hyperfunction? Curr Opin Insect Sci 16: 69-75
  • Elsner D, Kremer LPM, Arning N, Bornberg-Bauer E (2016) Comparative genomic approaches to investigate molecular traits specific to social insects. Curr Opin Insect Sci 16:87-94
  • Heinze J (2016) The male has done his work - the male may go. Curr Opin Insect Sci 16:22-27
  • Korb J (2016) Why do social insect queens live so long? Approaches to unravell the sociality-aging puzzle. Curr Opin Insect Sci 16:104-107
  • Kramer BH, van Doorn GS, Weissing F, Pen I (2016) Lifespan divergence between social insect castes: challenges and opportunities for evolutionary theories of aging. Curr Opin Insect Sci 16:76-80
  • Monroy Kuhn JM, Korb J (2016) Social insects: aging and the re-shaping of the fecundity/longevity trade-off with sociality. Curr Opin Insect Sci 16:vii-x
  • Negroni MA, Jongepier E, Feldmeyer B, Kramer BH, Foitzik S (2106) Life history evolution in social insects: a female perspective. Curr Opin Insect Sci 16:51-57
  • Oettler J, Schrempf A (2016) Fitness and aging in Cardiocondyla obscurior ant queens. Curr Opin Insect Sci 16:58-63
  • Rodrigues MA, Flatt T (2016) Endocrine uncoupling of the trade-off between reproduction and somatic maintenance in eusocial insects. Curr Opin Insect Sci 16:1-8
  • Rueppell O, Aumer D, Moritz RFA (2016): Ties between ageing plasticity and reproductive physiology in honey bees (Apis mellifera) reveal a positive relation between fecundity and longevity as consequence of advanced social evolution. Curr Opin Insect Sci 16:64-68
  • Séguret A, Bernadou A, Paxton RJ (2016) Facultative social insects can provide insights into the reversal of the longevity/fecundity trade-off across the eusocial insects. Curr Opin Insect Sci 16:95-103

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