News: Two new HiWi students joined our team in October: welcome to Viesturs and Verena!


Publications in international, peer-reviewed journals


Entomology and insect behaviour

Biedermann PHW & Rohlfs M (2017) Evolutionary feedbacks between insect sociality and microbial management. Current Opinion in Insect Science 22: 92-100

Vega FE, Simpkins A, Rodriguez-Soto MM, Infante F & Biedermann PHW (2017): Artificial diet sandwich reveals subsocial behaviour in the coffee berry borer Hypothenemus hampei (Coleoptera: Curculionidae: Scolytinae). Journal of Applied Entomology 141(6): 470-476

Kirkendall LR, Biedermann PHW & Jordal BH (2015): Evolution and Diversity of Bark and Ambrosia Beetles. In FE Vega, RW Hofstetter (Eds.), Bark Beetles: Biology and Ecology of Native and Invasive Species. San Diego: Academic Press, pp. 85-156. (book chapter)

Nuotcla JA, Taborsky M & Biedermann PHW (2014): The importance of blocking behaviour in the ambrosia beetle Xyleborinus saxesenii Ratzeburg (Coleoptera; Scolytinae). Mitteilungen der Deutschen Gesellschaft für allgemeine und angewandte Entomologie 19: 203-210.

Biedermann PHW (2014): Evolution of cooperation in ambrosia beetles. Mitteilungen der Deutschen Gesellschaft für allgemeine und angewandte Entomologie 19: 191-202.

Biedermann PHW, Peer K & Taborsky M (2012): Female dispersal and reproduction in the ambrosia beetle Xyleborinus saxesenii Ratzeburg (Coleoptera; Scolytinae). Mitteilungen der Deutschen Gesellschaft für allgemeine und angewandte Entomologie 18: 231-235.

Biedermann PHW & Taborsky M (2011): Larval helpers and age polyethism in ambrosia beetles. Proceedings of the National Academy of Science USA 108(41): 17064-17069.

Biedermann PHW, Klepzig KD & Taborsky M (2011): Costs of delayed dispersal and alloparental care in the fungus-cultivating ambrosia beetle Xyleborus affinis Eichhoff (Scolytinae: Curculionidae). Behavioral Ecology & Sociobiology 65:1753–1761.

Biedermann PHW (2010) Observations on sex ratio and behavior of males in Xyleborinus saxesenii Ratzeburg (Scolytinae, Coleoptera). In: Cognato AI, Knížek M (Eds) Sixty years of discovering scolytine and platypodine diversity: A tribute to Stephen L. Wood. Zookeys 56: 253-267.

Biedermann PHW, Klepzig KR & Taborsky M (2009) Fungus cultivation by ambrosia beetles:  Behavior and laboratory breeding success in three Xyleborine species. Environmental Entomology 38(4): 1096-1105.


Insect symbiosis and chemical ecology

Ranger, C. M., P. H. W. Biedermann, V. Phuntumart, G. U. Beligala, S. Ghosh, D. E. Palmquist, R. Mueller, J. Barnett, P. B. Schultz, M. E. Reding and J. P. Benz (2018) Symbiont selection via alcohol benefits fungus farming by ambrosia beetles. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A 115(17): 4447-4452.

Van de Peppel LJJ, Aanen DK & Biedermann PHW (2018) Low intraspecific genetic diversity indicates asexuality and vertical transmission in the fungal cultivars of ambrosia beetles. Fungal Ecology, 32: 57-64

Dohet L, Gregoire JC, Kaltenpoth M, Berasategui A & Biedermann PHW (2016): Bacterial and fungal symbionts of parasitic Dendroctonus bark beetles. FEMS Microbiology Ecology 92 (9).

Mayers CG, McNew DL, Harrington TC, Roeper RA, Fraedrich SW, Biedermann PHW, Castrillo LA, & Reed S (2015): Three genera in the are the respective symbionts of three independent lineages of ambrosia beetles with large, complex mycangia . Fungal Biology 119: 1075-92.

Flórez L, Biedermann PHW (shared first authorship), Engl T & Kaltenpoth M (2015): Defensive symbioses of animals with prokaryotic and eukaryotic microorganisms. Natural Product Reports 32(7):904-36.

Biedermann PHW & Kaltenpoth M (2014): New synthesis: The chemistry of partner choice in insect-microbe mutualisms. Journal of Chemical Ecology 40: 99.

Aylward FO, Suen G, Biedermann PHW, Adams AS, Scott JJ, Malfatti SA, del Rio TG, Tringe SG, Poulsen M, Raffa KF, Klepzig KD & Currie CR (2014): Convergent bacterial Microbiotas in the fungal agricultural systems of insects. mBio 5(6): e02077-14.

Biedermann PHW, Klepzig KD, Taborsky M & Six DL (2013): Abundance and dynamics of filamentous fungi in the complex ambrosia gardens of the primitively eusocial beetle Xyleborinus saxesenii Ratzeburg (Coleoptera: Curculionidae, Scolytinae). FEMS Microbiology Ecology 83(3): 711-723.

De Fine Licht HH & Biedermann PHW (2012): Patterns of functional enzyme activity in Xyleborinus saxesenii fungus-growing ambrosia beetles. Frontiers in Zoology 9:13.

Grubbs K.J., Biedermann PHW, Suen G., Adams S.M., Moeller J.A., Klassen J.L., Goodwin L.A., Woyke T., Munk A.C., Bruce D., Detter C., Tapia R., Han C.S. & Currie C.R. (2011): Complete genome sequence of Streptomyces cf. griseus (XyelbKG-1 1), an ambrosia beetle-associated actinomycete. Journal of Bacteriology 193(11): 2890–2891.



Delhey K, Peters A, Biedermann PHW & Kempenaers B (2008) Optical properties of the uropygial gland secretion: no evidence for UV cosmetics in birds. Naturwissenschaften 95(10): 939-946.

Kärcher MH, Biedermann PHW, Hrassnigg N & Crailsheim K (2008) Predator-prey interaction between drones  A. m. carnica and swallows Hirundo rustica or Delichon urbica. Apidology 39(3): 302-309.

Biedermann PHW & Kärcher MH (2008) Weather-dependent activity and flying height of Barn Swallows (Hirundo rustica) and House Martins (Delichon urbica) in southwestern Styria. Egretta 50: 76-81.

Biedermann PHW (2006) Hidden leks in the Yellow-browed Warbler (Phylloscopus inornatus)? - Investigations from the Khan Khentey Reserve (Mongolia). Acrocephalus 27: 233-247.



Uhe C & Biedermann PHW (2016) Heimische Ambrosiakäfer: Sozialverhalten und Funktion im Ökosystem Wald. Artenschutzreport 35: 67-68. Jena, Germany.

Biedermann PHW (2016) Verborgen unter Blattwerk. Buchrezension zu „Bäume und ihre Bewohner“. Spektrum der Wissenschaften 9/2016, 86.

Biedermann PHW (2014) Käfer als Pilzzüchter – Biologie und Beobachtungsanleitung von Ambrosiakäfern. Artenschutzreport 33: 43-45. Jena, Germany.

Biedermann PHW (2013) Kinderarbeit bei Gottes Käfern. Bild der Wissenschaften, Sonderbeilage.

Biedermann PHW (2013) Käfer als fleißige Gärtner. ÖAW Young Science 30/5/2013, ORF Vienna.

Biedermann PHW (2003) Die Kraniche der Welt. Zool. Newsletter 2; Landesmuseum Joanneum Graz.