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72. Moreira X, Petry WK, Mooney KA, Rasmann S, Abdala-Roberts L. Elevational gradients in plant defences and insect herbivory: recent advances in the field and prospects for future research. Ecography (in press).


71. Rasmann S, Sanchez Vilas J, Glauser G, Cartolano M, Lempe J, Tsiantis M, Pannell J. Pleiotropic effect of the Flowering Locus C on plant resistance and defence against insect herbivores. Journal of Ecology (in press).

70. Moreira X,Castagneyrol B, Abdala-Roberts L, Berny-Mier y Teran J, Timmermans BGH, Bruun HH, Covelo F, Glauser G, Rasmann S*, Tack AJM* (*shared last co-authorship). Latitudinal variation in plant chemical defences drives latitudinal patterns of leaf herbivory. Ecography (in press).


69. Galman, A, Abdala-Roberts L, Zhang S, Berny-Mier y Teran J, Rasmann S, Moreira X. A global analysis of elevational gradients in leaf herbivory and its underlying drivers: effects of plant growth form, leaf habit, and climatic correlates. Journal of Ecology. DOI: 10.1111/1365-2745.12866.


68. Kergunteuil A, Bakhtiari M, Rasmann S. Eco-evolutionary factors driving plant-mediated above-belowground invertebrate interactions along elevation gradients. In Ohgushi T, Wurst S, and Johnson SN eds. Ecological Studies - Aboveground-belowground Community Ecology. Springer (in press).


67. Xiao Z, Wang X, Koricheva J, Kergunteuil A, Le Bayon R-C, Liu M, Hu F, Rasmann S. Earthworms affect plant growth and resistance against herbivores: a meta-analysis. Functional Ecology. DOI 10.1111/1365-2435.12969.


66. Rasmann S, Bennett A, Biere A, Karley A, Guerrieri E. Root symbionts: powerful drivers of plant above- and belowground indirect defences. Insect Science. DOI 10.1111/1744-7917.12464.


65. Vargas HA, Rasmann S, Ramirez-Verdugo P, Villagra CA. Lioptilodes friasi (Lepidoptera: Pterophoridae) niche breadth in the Chilean mediterranean matorral biome: trophic and altitudinal dimensions. Neotropical Entomology. DOI 10.1007/s13744-017-0514-2.


64. Callis-Duehl K, Vittoz P, Defossez E, Rasmann S. Community-level relaxation of plant defenses against herbivores at high elevation. Plant Ecology. 218, 291-304.


63. Pincebourde S, van Baaren J, Rasmann S, Rasmont P, Rodet G, Martinet B, Calatayud P-A (2017). Plant-Insect Interactions in a Changing World. In N. Sauvion, P-A. Calatayud, D. Thiery (Volume Eds), Advances in Botanical Research series : Vol 81. Insect-Plant Interactions in a Crop Protection Perspective (pp. 289-332). Elsevier, GBR.




62. Abdala-Roberts L, Rasmann S, Berny-Mier y Terán JC, Covelo F, Glauser G, Moreira X. Biotic and abiotic factors associated with altitudinal variation in plant traits and herbivory in a dominant oak species. American Journal of Botany. 103, 1-9.


61. Kergunteuil A, Bakhtiari M, Formenti L, Xiao Z, Defossez E, Rasmann S. Biological control beneath the feet: a review of crop protection against insect root herbivores. Insects.7(4), 70. full text here.


60. Descombes P, Marchon J, Pradervand J-N, Bilat J,Guisan A, Rasmann S, Pellissier L.

Community-level plant palatability increases with elevation as insect herbivore abundance declines. Journal of Ecology. DOI: 10.1111/1365-2745.12664


59. Salgado AL, Suchan T, Pellissier L, Rasmann S, Ducrest A-L, Alvarez N. Differential phenotypic and genetic expression of defense compounds in a plant-herbivore interaction along elevation. Royal Society Open Science.DOI: 10.1098/rsos.160226.


58. Johnson SN, Benefer CM, Frew A, Griffiths BS, Hartley SE, Karley AJ, Rasmann S, Schumann M, Sonnemann I, Robert CAM. New frontiers in belowground ecology for plant
protection from root-feeding insects. Applied Soil Ecology. 108, 96-107.


57. Moreira X, Nell CS, Katsanis A, Rasmann S, Mooney KA. Herbivore specificity and the chemical basis of plant-plant communication. New Phytologist. 10.1111/nph.14164.


56. Kergunteuil A, Campos-Herrera R, Sanchez-Moreno S, Vittoz P, Rasmann S.The abundance, diversity and metabolic footprint of soil nematodes increases in high elevation grasslands. Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution. 4:84. doi: 10.3389/fevo.2016.00084. Full text here.


55. Rasmann S, Turlings TCJ. Root signals that mediate mutualistic interactions in the rhizosphere. Current Opinions in Plant Biology. 32, 62-68.


54. Katsanis A, Rasmann S, Mooney K. Herbivore diet breadth mediates the tri-trophic effects of plant toxins on a diverse guild of predators. PlosOne. DOI:10.1371/journal.pone.0155716.


53. Rasmann S. The Function of Ecology. Science & Technology. Pan European Networks.


52. Pellissier L, Moreira X, Danner H, Serrano M, Salamin N, van Dam NM, Rasmann S.The simultaneous inducibility of phytochemicals related to plant direct and indirect defences against herbivores is stronger at low elevation. Journal of Ecology. 104, 1116-1125.


51. Rasmann S and Mooney KA. The studies of plant-insect interaction: approaches spanning genes to ecosystems. Current Opinion in Insect Science. 14, v-viii.


50. Moreira X, Abdala-Roberts L, Rasmann S, Castagneyrol B, Mooney KA. Plant diversity effects on insect herbivores and their natural ennemies: current thinking, recent findings, and future directions. Current Opinion in Insect Science. 14, 1-7.



49. Abdala-Roberts L, Moreira X, Rasmann S, Parra-Tabla V, Mooney KA. Test of biotic and abiotic factors underlying latitudinal variation in plant defenses. Journal of Ecology. doi: 10.1111/1365-2745.12512.


48. Pellissier L, Litsiosis G, Fishbein M, Salamin N, Agrawal AA, Rasmann S. Different rates of defense evolution and niche preferences in clonal and non-clonal milkweeds (Asclepias spp.). New Phytologist. 10.1111/nph.13649.


47. AfsharinejadA, Davy A, Rasmann S, Jennings B, Brennanz C. A Path-Loss Model Incorporating Shadowing for THz Band Propagation in Vegetation.



46. Rasmann S and Pellissier L. Adaptive responses of plants to insect herbivores under climate change. In Climate Change and Insect Pests, C Björkman, and P Niemelä eds. CABI Climate Change Series.


45. Megali L, Schlau B, Rasmann S. Soil microbial inoculation increases corn yield and insect attack. Agronomy for Sustainable Development. DOI 10.1007/s13593-015-0323-0 .


44. Moreira X, Abdala-Roberts L, Hernandez-Cumplido J, Rasmann S, Kenyon S, Benrey B. Plant species variation in bottom-up effects across three trophic levels: A test of traits and mechanisms. Ecological Entomology. DOI: 10.1111/een.12238.


43. Kulich I, Vojitkova Z, Glanc M, Ortmannova J, Rasmann S, Zarsky V. Cell Wall Maturation of Arabidopsis Trichomes is Dependent on Exocyst Subunit EXO70H4 and Involves Callose Deposition. Plant Physiology. 168, 120-131.


42. Pineda A, Soler R, Pozo MJ, Rasmann S and Turlings T. Above-belowground interactions involving plants, microbes and insects. Frontiers in Plant Science, 6, 318-318. Full text here.


41. Rasmann S, Chassin E, Bilat J, Glauser G, Reymond P. Trade-off between constitutive and inducible resistance against herbivores is only partially explained by gene expression and glucosinolate production. Journal of Experimental Botany 10.1093/jxb/erv033.


40. Zhou Z, Rasmann S, Guo J, Watson A, Zheng H, Guo W, Wan F. Mating frequency positively associates with fitness in Ophraella communa. 40, 292-298. Ecological Entomology.



39. Zust T, Rasmann S, Agrawal AA. Growth-defense trade-offs for two major anti-herbivore traits of the common milkweed Asclepias syriaca L. Oikos.


38. Johnson SN and Rasmann S (2015). Root-feeding insects and their interactions with organisms in the rhizosphere. Annual Review of Entomology. 60: 517-535.


37. Agrawal AA, Ali JG, Rasmann S, Fishbein M. Macroevolutionary trends in the defense of milkweeds against monarchs: latex, cardenolides, and tolerance of herbivory. in Monarchs in a Changing Worl: Biology and Conservation of an Iconic Insect (Oberhauser K, Altizer S, and Nail K. eds). Cornell University Press, USA. (preprint )


36. Rasmann S. Fine-tuning of defenses and counter defenses in a specialized plant-herbivore system. Ecological Entomology. 39: 382-390


35. Pellissier L, Roger A, Bilat J, Rasmann S. High elevation Plantago lanceolata plants are less resistant to herbivory than their low elevation conspecifics: is it just temperature? Ecography. 37: 01-10


34. Rasmann S, Buri A, Gallot-Lavalee M, Joaquim J, Purcell J, Pellissier L. Differential allocation and deployment of direct and indirect defences of Vicia sepium along elevation gradients. Journal of Ecology. doi: 10.1111/1365-2745.12253


33. Rasmann S, Pellissier L, and Alvarez N. The altitudinal niche breadth hypothesis in plant-insect interaction. Annual Plant Reviews. 47. 339-359 See all book content here.


32. Moreira X, Mooney K, Rasmann S, Petry W, Carrillo-Gavilan A, Zas R, Sampedro L. Trade-offs between constitutive and induced defences drive geographical and climatic clines in pine chemical defences. Ecology Letters. 17: 537-546



31. Megali L, Glauser G, Rasmann S. Fertilization with beneficial microorganisms decreases tomato defenses against insect pests. Agronomy for Sustainable Development. doi:10.1007/s13593-013-0187-0


30. Zhou Z, Rasmann S, Li M, Guo J, Chen H, Wan F. Transgenerational induced resistance to cold temperatures in Ophraella communa. Plos One. Full access here.


29. Vannette R, Hunter MD, Rasmann S. Arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi alter above- and below-ground chemical defense expression differentially among Asclepias species. Frontiers in Plant Science. Special topic in Frontiers in Plant-Microbe Interaction. Full access here.


28. Rasmann S, Pellissier P, Defossez E, Jactel H, Kunstler G. Climate-driven change in plant-insect interactions along elevation gradients. Functional Ecology. 28: 46-54


27. Roger A, Gétaz M, Rasmann S, and Sanders IR. Identity and combinations of arbuscular mycorrhizal fungal isolates influence plant resistance and insect preference. Ecological Entomology. 38: 330-338


26. Pellissier L, Ndiribe C, Dubuis A, Pradervand J-N, Salamin N, Guisan A, Rasmann S. Turnover of plant lineages shapes herbivore phylogenetic beta diversity along ecological gradients. Ecology Letters 16: 600-608 Access the recommendation on F1000Prime



25. Vannette RL and Rasmann S. Arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi mediate belowground plant-herbivore interactions: a phylogenetic study. Functional Ecology. 26: 1033–1042.


24. Manson JS, Rasmann S, Halitschke R, Thomson JD, Agrawal AA. Cardenolides in nectar may be more than a consequence of allocation to other plant parts: a phylogenetic study of Asclepias. Functional Ecology. 26: 1100–1110.


23. Turlings TCJ, Hiltpold I, Rasmann S. The importance of root-produced volatiles as foraging cues for entomopathogenic nematodes. Plant and Soil 358: 51-60


22. Pellissier L, Fiedler K, Ndribe C, Dubuis A, Pradervand J-N, Guisan A, Rasmann S. Shifts in species richness, herbivore specialisation and plant resistance along elevation gradients. Ecology and Evolution 8:1818-25


21. Pellissier L, Rasmann S, Litsios G, Fiedler K, Dubuis A, Pottier J, Guisan A. High host-plant nitrogen content: a prerequisite for the evolution of ant-caterpillar mutualism? Journal of Evolutionary Biology  25: 1658-1666


20. Rasmann S, Ali J G, Helder J, van der Putten WH. Ecology and Evolution of Soil Nematode Chemotaxis. Journal of Chemical Ecology. 38: 615-628.


19. Rasmann S, Hiltpold I, Ali J. The Role of Root-Produced Volatile Secondary Metabolites in Mediating Soil Interactions. In Advances in Selected Plant Physiology Aspects (Montanaro G and Cichio B eds). InTech Open Access Publisher, Croatia. 269-290.


18. Rasmann S, De Vos M, and Jander G. Ecological role of transgenerational resistance against biotic threats. Plant signalling and behavior. 7:4


17. Rasmann S, De Vos M, Casteel C, Tian D, Sun JY, Agrawal A A, Felton G W, and Jander G. Herbivory in the previous generation primes plants for enhanced insect resistance. Plant Physiology. 158: 854-863. Access the recommendation on F1000Prime


16. Agrawal AA, Petschenka G, and Bingham RA, and Rasmann S.  Toxic cardenolides: Chemical ecology and coevolution of specialized plant-herbivore interactions. New Phytologist Tansley review. 194: 28-45



15. Johnson MTJ and Rasmann S. The latitudinal herbivorydefence hypothesis takes a detour on the map. New Phytologist. 191: 589–592.


14. Rasmann S and Agrawal AA . Evolution of specialization: a phylogenetic study of host range in the red milkweed beetle (Tetraopes tetraophthalmus). The American Naturalist. 177: 728-737 Access the recommendation on F1000Prime


13. Rasmann S and Agrawal AA. Latitudinal patterns in plant defense: evolution of cardenolides, their toxicity, and induction following herbivory. Ecology Letters 14: 476-483


12. Rasmann S, Bauerle T L, Poveda K, Vannette R. Predicting root defence against herbivores during succession. Functional Ecology 25: 368–37.

Please, visit the special feature on "Evolutionary ecology of plant defences against herbivores"


11. Rasmann S, Erwin AC, Halitschke R, Agrawal AA. Direct and indirect root defences of milkweed (Asclepias syriaca): trophic cascades, trade-offs and novel methods for studying subterranean herbivory. Journal of Ecology. 99:16–25

Please visit the special feature on "Plant-mediated interactions between above- and belowground communities"



10. Agrawal AA, Conner JK, and Rasmann S. Tradeoffs and adaptive negative correlations in evolutionary ecology. In: Bell, Eanes, Futuyma, and Levinton (editors), Evolution After Darwin: the First 150 Years. Sinauer Associates. 243-268. (ask me the PDF)



9. Rasmann S, Johnson MD, Agrawal AA. Induced responses to herbivory and jasmonate in three milkweed species. Journal of Chemical Ecology. 35: 1326-1334.


8. Agrawal AA, Fishbein M, Halitschke R, Hastings AP, Rabosky DL, Rasmann S. The tempo of trait evolution: evidence for adaptive radiation from the study of plant defense. Proceedings of the National Academy of Science of USA 106: 18067–18072.


7. Rasmann S, Agrawal AA, Cook SC, Erwin AC. Cardenolides, induced responses, and interactions between above and belowground herbivores in the milkweeds (Asclepias spp). Ecology 90: 2393-2404.


6. Rasmann S and AA Agrawal. Plant defense against herbivory: progress in identifying synergism,redundancy, and antagonism between resistance. Current Opinion in Plant Biology 12: 1-6.



5. Rasmann S and Agrawal AA. In defense of roots: a research agenda for studying plant resistance to belowground herbivory. Plant Physiology 146: 875-880.


4. Rasmann S and Turlings TCJ. First Insights into Specificity of Belowground Tritrophic Interactions. Oikos 117: 362–369.



3. Rasmann S and Turlings TCJ. Simultaneous feeding by aboveground and belowground herbivores affects the plant-mediated attraction of their respective natural enemies. Ecology Letters 10: 926-936.



2. Rasmann S, Kollner TG, Degenhardt J, Hiltpold I, Toepfer S, Kuhlmann U, Gershenzon J, and Turlings TCJ. Recruitment of entomopathogenic nematodes by insect-damaged maize roots. Nature 434: 732-737.


1. Gotthard K, Margraf N, Rasmann S, and Rahier M. The evolution of larval foraging behaviour in response to host plant variation in a leaf beetle. Oikos 109: 503-512.