Rolff Lab – Evolutionary Biology
at Freie Universität Berlin

Books edited:

Insect Infection and Immunity Insect Evolutionary Ecology

Book reviews on Insect Infection and Immunity: TREEIntegrative & Comparative Biology and Myrmecological News


(most papers are available on, otherwise just e-mail)

Cationic antimicrobial peptides do not change recombination frequency in Escherichia coli. A Rodríguez-Rojas, J Moreno-Morales, AJ Mason, J Rolff Biol Lett

Predicting drug resistance evolution: insights from antimicrobial peptides and antibiotics. G Yu, D Baeder, RR Regoes, J Rolff, Proc Roy Soc B

Makarova O, Johnston PR, Walther B, Rolff J, Roesler U (2017) Complete genome sequence of the disinfectants susceptibility testing reference strain Staphylococcus aureus ATCC 6538. Genome Announcements

Makarova O, Johnston PR, Walther B, Rolff J, Roesler U (2017) Complete genome sequence of the ST398 livestock-associated methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (ST398 LA-MRSA) strain 08S00974. Genome Announcements

Zanchi C, Johnston R, Rolff J (2017) Evolution of defense cocktails: antimicrobial peptide combinations reduce mortality and bacterial persistence. Mol Ecol 26:5334–5343.

Keehnen N, Rolff J, Theopold U, Wheat CW (2017) Insect Antimicrobial Defences: A Brief History, Recent Findings, Biases, and a Way Forward in Evolutionary Studies. Advances in Insect Physiology (Vol. 52, pp. 1-33). Academic Press.

Khan I, Das, J, Agashe D, Rolff J (2017) Immunopathology and aging of immune function after early infection. Proc Rozy Soc Lond B doi:

Baeder D Yu G, Hoze N , Rolff J Regoes R (2016) Antimicrobial combinations: Bliss Independence and Loewe Additivity derived from mechanistic multi-hit models. Phil Trans Roy Soc B, 371, 20150294.

Hausmann, S, Petermann, J, Rolff, J (2016) Wild bees as pollinators of city trees. Insect Conservation and Diversity, 9, 97-107.

Johnston P, Dobson A, Rolff J (2016) Genomics of antimicrobial resistant Staphylococcus aureus. G3, Genes, Genomes, Genetics, in press.

Makarova O, Rodriguez-Rojas A, Erevci M, Weise C, Dobson A, Johnston P, Rolff J (2016) Longlasting immunity and persistent infection in insects revisited, Phil Trans Roy Soc B., 371, 20150296.

McGonigle J, Purves J, Rolff J (2016) Intracellular survival of Staphylococcus aureus during persistent infection in the insect Tenebrio molitor. Dev. Comp. Immunol. 59, 34-38.

Rolff J, Schmid-Hempel P (2016) Perspectives on the evolutionary ecology of arthropod antimicrobial peptides. Phil Trans Roy Soc B, 371, 20150297.

Yu G, Baeder D, Regoes R, Rolff J (2016) The More The Better? Combination Effects of Antimicrobial Peptides. Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy, in press

Hilker, Monika; Schwachtje, Jens; Baier, Margarete; Balazadeh, Salma; Bäurle, Isabel; Geiselhardt, Sven; Hincha, Dirk; Kunze, Reinhard; Mueller-Roeber, Bernd; Rillig, Matthias; Rolff, Jens; Romeis, Tina; Schmülling, Thomas; Steppuhn, Anke; van Dongen, Joost; Withcomb, Sarah; Wurst, Susanne; Zuther, Ellen; Kopka, Joachim (2016). Priming and memory of stress responses in organisms lacking a nervous system. Biological Reviews, 91(4), 1118-1133.

Dorling J, Moraes C, Rolff J (2015) Survival and persistence of Staphylococcus aureus in Tenebrio molitor. Developmental and Comparative Immunology, in press.

Johnston P, Rolff J (2015) host and symbiont jointly control the microbiota during metamorphosis, PLOS Pathog 11(11): e1005246.

Johnston P, Mikolajewski D, Rolff J (2015) Identification of viruses associated with larvae of the dragonfly Leucorrhinia dubia, and damselfly Coenagrion puella from RNA sequencing data. International Journal of Odonatology, invited paper 18 (1), 81-88.

Rillig MC, Jens Rolff, Britta Tietjen, Jeannine Wehner, Diana R. Andrade-Linares (2015) Community priming – effects of sequential stressors on microbial assemblages, FEMS Microbiology Ecology, fiv040.

Rodriguez-Rojas A Makarova O, Mueller, U Rolff J (2015) Cationic Peptides Facilitate Iron-induced Mutagenesis in Bacteria, PLOS Genet 11(10): e1005546.

Mikolajewski D, Ruesen L, Mauersberger R, Johansson F, Rolff J (2015) Relaxed predation results in reduced phenotypic integration in a suite of dragonflies. Journal of Evolutionary Biology, 28(7), 1354-1363.

Rodríguez-Rojas A, Makarova O, Rolff J (2014) Antimicrobials, Stress and Mutagenesis. PLOS Pathog 10(10): e1004445. doi:10.1371/journal.ppat.1004445

Mikolajewski, D.J.*, M. DeBlock & R. Stoks (2015). The interplay of adult and larval time constraints shape species differences in larval life history. Ecology, 96(4), 1128-1138.

Dobson A, Purves J, Rolff J (2014) Increased survival of experimentally evolved antimicrobial peptide-resistant S. aureus in an animal host, Evolutionary Applications, 7, 905-912.

Johnston, P. R., O. Makarova & J. Rolff (2014) Inducible defenses stay up late: temporal patterns of immune gene expression in Tenebrio molitor. G3: Genes, Genomes, Genetics, 4, 947-955.

Dobson A, Purves J, Kamysz W, Rolff J (2013) Comparing selection on S. aureus between antimicrobial peptides and common antibiotics, PLoS One 8, e75621.

Mikolajewski D, Wohlfahrt B, Joop G, Beckerman A (2013) Sexual size dimorphism and the integration of phenotypically plastic traits    Ecological Entomology 38, 418-428.

Johnston P, Rolff J (2013) Immune- and wound-dependent differential gene expression in an ancient insect Developmental and Comparative Immunology, 40, 320-324

Dobson A, Johnston P, Vilcinskas A, Rolff J (2012) Identification of immunological expressed sequence tags in the mealworm beetle Tenebrio molitor. Journal of Insect Physiology, 58 (12), 1556-1561.

Hammerschmidt K, Deines P, Wilson, A, Rolff J (2012) Quantitative genetics of immune function under different photoperiods. Heredity, 108, 569-576.

Lazzaro B, Rolff J (2011) Danger and the evolution of insect immunity (Perspective). Science, 332, 43-44.

Pursall, ER, Rolff J. (2011) Immune responses accelerate ageing: Proof-of-principle in an insect model. PLoS One, 6, e19972.

Pursall R, Rolff J (2011) Immunopathology in ecological immunology. In GE Demas, RJ Nelson: Eco-immunity, Oxford University Press, in press.

Williams A, Antonovics J, Rolff J (2011) Dioecy, hermaphrodites and pathogen load in plants, Oikos, 120, 657-660.

Mikolajewski D, De Block M, Rolff J, Johansson F, Beckerman A, Stoks R (2010) Predator-driven trait diversification in a dragonfly genus: covariation in behavioral and morphological antipredator defense. Evolution, 64 3327-3335.

Nunn C, Lindenfors, P, Pursall, ER & Rolff J (2009) On sexual dimorphism in immune function. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London, 364, 61-69.

Rolff J, Reynolds SE (eds) (2009) Insect infection and immunity: evolution, ecology and mechanisms. Oxford University Press, Oxford.

Haine, E, Moret, Y Siva-Jothy M & Rolff J (2008) Antimicrobial defence and persistent infection in insects. Science 322, 1257-1259.

Haine E, Pollit L, Moret Y, Siva-Jothy M & Rolff J (2008) Temporal patterns in immune responses to a range of microbial insults (Tenebrio molitor). Journal of Insect Physiology, 54, 1090-1097.

Hammerschmidt K, Reinhardt K & Rolff J (2008) Does double-blind review favor female authors? Frontiers in Ecology, 6, 354-355.

Mikolajewski D, Stoks R, Rolff J & Joop G (2008) Predators and cannibals modulate sex-specific plasticity in life history and immune traits. Functional Ecology, 22, 114-120.

Reynolds SE, Rolff J (2008) invited minireview. Immune function keeps endosymbionts under control. Journal of Biology, 7, 28.

Haine E, Rolff J & Siva-Jothy M (2007) Functional consequences of blood clotting in insects. Developmental and Comparative Immunology, 31: 456-464.

Rolff J (2007) Why did the acquired immune system of vertebrates evolve? Developmental and Comparative Immunology, 31: 476-482.

Joop G, Siva-Jothy M & Rolff J (2006) Gender and the eye of the beholder in coenagrionid damselflies. Evolutionary Ecology, 20, 259-270.

Joop G, Mitschke, A, Rolff J & Siva-Jothy M (2006) Immune function and resistance in male and polymorphic females in a damselfly (Coenagrion puella). BMC Evolutionary Biology, 6, 19 DOI: 10.1186/1471-2148-6-19.

Stoks R, de Block M, Slos S, van Doorslaer W and Rolff J (2006) Time constraints mediate predator-induced plasticity in immune function, condition and life history. Ecology, 87, 809-815.

Fellowes M, Holloway G & Rolff J (Eds.) (2005) Insect Evolutionary Ecology. CABI Publishing, Wallingford.

Rolff J, Armitage SAO & Coltman DW (2005) Genetic constraints, sexual dimorphism and immune defence. Evolution, 59, 1844-1850.

Siva-Jothy MT, Moret Y & Rolff J (2005) Evolutionary ecology of insect immunity. Invited review. Advances in Insect Physiology, 32, 1-48.

Joop G. & Rolff J. (2004) Plasticity of immune function and condition under the risk of predation and parasitism. Evolutionary Ecology Research, 6, 1051-1062.

Mikolajewski D & Rolff J (2004). Benefits of morphological defence demonstrated by direct manipulation in larval dragonflies. Evolutionary Ecology Research, 6, 619-626.

Rolff J & Siva-Jothy MT (2004) Selection on insect immunity in the wild. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London, B, 271, 2157-2160.

Rolff J, Van De Meutter F &Stoks R (2004) Time Constraints Decouple Age and Size at Maturity and Physiological Traits. American Naturalist, 164, 559-565.

Armitage S, Thompson J., Rolff J. & Siva-Jothy MT (2003) Examining the costs of induced vs. constitutive immune defense in Tenebrio molitor. Journal of Evolutionary Biology, 16, 1038-1044.

Rolff J & Kraaijeveld AR (2003) Selection for parasitoid resistance alters mating success inDrosophila. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London B (Suppl.), 270, S154-155.

Rolff J. & Siva-Jothy MT (2003) Invertebrate Ecological Immunology. Science, 301, 472-475.

Rolff J (2002) Bateman’s principal and immunity. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London B, 269, 867-872.

Rolff J & Joop, G (2002) Estimating condition: pitfalls of using weight as a fitness correlate. Evolutionary Ecology Research, 4, 931-935.

Rolff J & Siva-Jothy MT (2002) Copulation corrupts immunity: a mechanism for the cost of mating in insects. Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, USA, 99, 9916-9918.

Braune P & Rolff J (2001) Parasitism and survival in a damselfly: does host sex matter? Proceedings of the Royal Society of London, B, 268, 1133-1137.

Rolff J (2001) Invited Review: Evolutionary ecology of water mite-insect interactions: a critical appraisal. Archiv für Hydrobiologie, 152, 353-368.

Rolff J. (2001) Effects of age and gender on immune function of dragonflies from a wild population (Odonata, Lestidae). Canadian Journal of Zoology, 79, 2176-2180.

Rolff J & Kraaijeveld AR (2001) Host preference and survival in selected lines of a Drosophilaparasitoid, Asobara tabida. Journal of Evolutionary Biology, 14, 742-745.

Rolff J, Braune P & Siva-Jothy MT (2001) Ectoparasites do not affect ejaculate volume in the dragonfly Coenagrion puella. Physiological Entomology, 26, 315-319.

Rolff J, Vogel C & Poethke HJ (2001) Co-evolution between ectoparasites and their insect hosts: a simulation study of a damselfly water mite association. Ecological Entomology, 26, 638-645.

Rolff J (2000) Parasitism in damselflies during emergence: two hosts, one pattern. Ecography, 23, 273-282.

Rolff J (2000) Intime Interaktionen: ektoparasitische Wassermilben an Libellen. Libellula, 19, 41-52.

Rolff J, Antvogel H & Schrimpf I (2000): No correlation between ectoparasitism and male mating success in a damselfly: why parasite behavior matters. Journal of Insect Behavior, 13, 563-571.

Rolff J (1999) Parasitism increases offspring size in a damselfly: experimental evidence for parasite-mediated maternal effects. Animal Behaviour, 58, 1105-1108.

Rolff J & Schröder B (1999) Regaining the water: a simulation model approach for Arrenuruslarvae (Hydrachnellae) parasitizing damselflies (Coenagrion puella L.: Odonata). In:
J. Bruin, LPS van der Geest & M Sabelis (Hrsg.): Evolution and Ecology of Acari, Kluwer.

Zeiss C, Martens A & Rolff J (1999): Male mate guarding increases females’ predation risk? A case study on tandem oviposition in the damselfly Coenagrion puella (Insecta: Odonata). Canadian Journal of Zoology, 77, 1013-1016.

Rolff J (1998) Parasite-mediated sexual selection: parasitized non-choosy females do not slow down the process. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology, 44, 73-74.

Befeld S, Katzur K, Lepkojus S & Rolff J (1997) Emergence patterns of Coenagrion hastulatum(Charpentier) in Northern Germany (Zygoptera: Coenagrionidae). Odonatologica, 26, 337-342.

Rolff J (1997) Better hosts dive: detachment of ectoparasitic water mites from damselflies (Hydrachnellae, Acari; Coenagrionidae, Odonata). Journal of Insect Behavior, 10, 819-827.

Rolff J & Kröger C (1997) Intraspecific predation in immature Coenagrion puella: a switch in food selection? Odonatologica, 26, 215-219.

Rolff J & Martens A (1997) Completing the life cycle: detachment of an aquatic parasite (Arrenurus cuspidator, Hydrachnellae) from an aerial host (Coenagrion puella, Odonata). Canadian Journal of Zoology, 75, 655-659.

Bonn A, Gasse M, Rolff J & Martens A (1996) Increased fluctuating asymmetry (FA) in the damselfly Coenagrion puella correlated with ectoparasitic water mites: implications for FA theory. Oecologia, 108, 596-598.

Bölscher B, Gasse M, Lingnau M, Rolff J & Sandkühler K (1995) Großräumige Verteilungsmuster der Sommervögel in einem Niedermoorkomplex im subkontinental beeinflußten Teil Norddeutschlands: Beispiel Drömling. Braunschweiger Naturkundliche Schriften, 4, 743-753.

Writing about science:

Rolff J (2011) It’s time scientists set an example by reducing their carbon footprint. The Guardian.

Rolff  J & Sedley D (2009) Leave nothing but footprints? Times Higher Education.

Rolff J (2009) After the Toll rush. Public Service Review, Science and Technology.

Hammerschmidt K, Reinhardt K & Rolff J (2008) Does double-blind review favor female authors? Frontiers in Ecology, 6, 354-355.