We are interested in the evolution and ecology of insects. This encompasses the evolution of (insect) immunity, bacterial resistance evolution, insect-microbe interactions and adaptation to predators
New paper: Evolution of defence cocktails: antimicrobial peptide combinations reduce mortality and persistent infection. C. Zanchi, PR Johnston, J Rolff. Mol Ecol.
New paper by our writer in residence: The energy expansions of evolution, Olivia Judson, Nature Ecology and Evolution,
New paper out: Insect Antimicrobial Defences: A Brief History, Recent Findings, Biases, and a Way Forward in Evolutionary Studies.
N Keehnen, J Rolff, U Theopold, C Wheat. Adv. Insect Physiol
Janne Swaegers from Leuven joined as a postdoc funded by the Alexander-von-Humboldt Foundation