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Publication list for the last five years


Xu T, Xu M, Glauser G, Turlings TCJ, Chen L 2022. Revisiting the trail pheromone components of the red imported fire ant, Solenopsis invicta Buren. Insect Science (in press). https://doi.org/10.1111/1744-7917.13047

Fallet P, De Gianni L, Machado RAR, Bruno P, Bernal J, Karangwa P, Kajuga J, Waweru B, Bazagwira D, Degen T, Toepfer S, Turlings TCJ 2022. Comparative screening of Mexican, Rwandan and commercial entomopathogenic nematodes to be used against invasive fall armyworm,Spodoptera frugiperdaInsects 13: 205 

Jaccard C, Marguier NT, Arce CCM, Bruno P, Glauser G, Turlings TCJ, Benrey B 2022. The effect of squash domestication on a belowground tritrophic interaction. Plant-Environment Interactions 3: 28-39. https://doi.org/10.1002/pei3.10071

Jaffuel G, Krishnamani S, Machado RAR, Campos-Herrera R, Turlings TCJ 2022. Potent ant repellents emitted from nematode-infected insect cadavers. Journal of Chemical Ecology 48: 71-78. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10886-021-01320-8  


Liu Q, Hu X, Su S, Peng Y, Ye G, Lou Y, Turlings TCJ, Li Y 2021. Cooperative herbivory between two important pests of rice. Nature Communication. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41467-021-27021-0  

Machado RAR, Hussain Bhat A, Abolafia J, Muller A, Bruno P, Fallet P, Arce CCM, Turlings TJC, Bernal JS, Kajuga J, Waweru B, Toepfer S 2021. Multi-locus phylogenetic analyses uncover species boundaries and revealed the occurrence of two new entomopathogenic nematode species, Heterorhabditis ruandica n. sp. and Heterorhabditis zacatecana n. sp. Journal of Nematology e2021-89 Vol. 53. https://doi.org/10.21307/jofnem-2021-089

Mann L, Laplanche D, Turlings TCJ, Desurmont GA 2021. Plant volatiles induced by insect and gastropod herbivory: a comparative study. Scientific Reports 11: 23698. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-021-02801-2

Xu T, Xu M, Lu Y, Zhang W, Sun J, Zeng R, Turlings TCJ, Chen L 2021. A trail pheromone mediates the mutualism between ants and aphids. Current Biology 21: 4738-4747.e4. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cub.2021.08.032

Arce CM, Besomi G, Glauser G, Turlings TCJ 2021. Caterpillar-induced volatile emissions in cotton: The relative importance of damage and insect-derived factors. Frontiers in Plant Science 12: 709858. https://doi.org/10.3389/fpls.2021.709858

González-Mas N, Gutiérrez-Sánchez F, Sánchez-Ortiz A, Grandi L, Turlings TCJ, Muñoz-Redondo JM, Moreno-Rojas JM Quesada-Moraga E 2021. Endophytic colonization by the entomopathogenic fungus Beauveria Bassiana affects plant volatile emissions in the presence or absence of chewing and sap-sucking insects. Frontiers in Plant Science 12: 660460. https://doi.org/10.3389/fpls.2021.660460

Ling X., Gu S, Tian C, Guo H, Degen, Turlings TCJ, Ge F, Sun Y 2021. Differential levels of fatty acid-amino acid conjugates in the oral secretions of lepidopteran larvae account for the different profiles of volatiles produced by maize. Pest Management Science 77: 3970–3979. https://doi.org/10.1002/ps.6417

Lin T, Vrieling, K, Laplanche D, Klinkhamer PGL, Lou Y, Bekooy L, T.Degen T, Bustos-Segura C, Turlings TCJ, Desurmont G 2021. Evolutionary changes in an invasive plant support the defensive role of plant volatiles. Current Biology 15: 3450-3456.e5. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cub.2021.05.055

Xia J, Guo Z, Yang Z, Han H, Wang S, Xu H, Yang X, Yang F, Wu Q, Xie W, Zhou X, Dermauw W, Turlings TCJ, Zhang Y 2021. Whitefly hijacks a plant detoxification gene that neutralizes plant toxins. Cell. https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0092867421001641

Toepfer S, Fallet P, Kajuga J, Bazagwira D, Mukundwa IP, Szalai M, Turlings TCJ 2021. Streamlining leaf damage rating scales for the fall armyworm on maize. Journal of Pest Science. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10340-021-01359-2

Galmán A, Abdala-Roberts L, Wartalska P, Covelo F, Röder G, Szenteczki M A, Moreira X, Rasmann S (2021) Elevational gradients in constitutive and induced oak defences based on individual traits and their correlated expression patterns. Oikos 130: 396-407. doi: 10.1111/oik.07588

Kim J, Hiltpold I, Jaffuel G, Sbaiti I, Hibbard BE, Turlings TCJ 2021. Calcium-alginate beads as a formulation for the application of entomopathogenic nematodes to control rootworms. Journal of Pest Science. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10340-021-01349-4

Moreira X, Granjel RR, de la Fuente M, Fernández-Conradi P, Pasch V, Soengas P, Turlings TCJ, Vázquez-González C, Abdala-Roberts L, Rasmann S 2021. Apparent inhibition of induced plant volatiles by a fungal pathogen prevents airborne communication between potato plants. Plant, Cell & Environment 44: 1192-1201.


Fattore S, Xiao Z, Godschalx AL, Röder G, Turlings TCJ, Le Bayon R-C, Rasmann S 2020. Bioturbation by endogeic earthworms facilitates entomopathogenic nematode movement toward herbivore-damaged maize roots. Scientific Reports 10:21316

Steinbrenner AD, Muñoz-Amatriaín M, Chaparro AF, Aguilar-Venegas JM, Lo S, Okuda S, Glauser G, Dongiovanni J, Shi D, Hall M, Crubaugh D, Holton N, Zipfel C, Abagyan R, Turlings TCJ, Close TJ, Huffaker A, Schmelz EA 2020. A receptor-like protein mediates plant immune responses to herbivore-associated molecular patterns. Proc. Natl. Acad. Science USA (online) (https://www.pnas.org/content/early/2020/11/20/2018415117)

Schneeberger K, Röder G, Taborsky M (2020) The smell of hunger: Norway rats provision social partners based on odour cues of need. PLoS Biology 18(3): e3000628. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pbio.3000628

La Forgia D, Campos Herrera R, Jaffuel G, Turlings TCJ, Verheggen F 2020. Efficiency of an attract-and-kill system with entomopathogenic nematodes against wireworms (Coleoptera: Elateridae). IOBC-WPRS Bulletin Vol. 150: 91-95

Hu X, Lia Y, Liu Q, Jiao Y, Peng Y, Li Y, Turlings TCJ 2020. Caterpillar-induced rice volatiles provide enemy-free space for the offspring of the brown planthopper. eLife 2020;9:e55421

Quijano-Medina T, Turlings TCJ, Sosenski P, Grandi L, Cervera JC, Moreira X, Abdala-Roberts L 2020. Effects of soil salinity on the expression of direct and indirect defences in wild cotton (Gossypium hirsutum). Journal of Ecology (online) https://doi.org/10.1111/1365-2745.13483

Desurmont GA, von Arx M, Turlings TCJ, Schiestl FP 2020. Floral odors can interfere with the foraging behavior of parasitoids searching for hosts. Frontiers Ecology and Evolution https://doi.org/10.3389/fevo.2020.00148

Fallet P, Machado RAR, Toepfer S, Ye W, Kajuga J, Waweru B, Bazagwira D, Turlings TCJ 2020. A Rwandan survey of entomopathogenic nematodes that can potentially be used to control the fall armyworm. IOBC-WPRS Bulletin 150: 87-90

Kapranas A, Sbaiti I, Degen T, Turlings TJC 2020. Biological control of cabbage fly Delia radicum with entomopathogenic nematodes: selecting the most effective nematode species and testing a novel application method. Biological Control 144: 104212

Bruno P, Machado RAR, Glauser G, Köhler A, Campos-Herrera R, Bernal J, Toepfer S, Erb M, Robert CAM, Arce CC, Turlings TCJ 2020. Entomopathogenic nematodes from Mexico that can overcome the resistance mechanisms of the western corn rootworm. Scientific Reports (in press).

De Lange ES, Laplanche D, Guo H, Xu W, Vlimant M, Erb M, Ton J, Turlings TCJ 2020. Spodoptera frugiperda caterpillars suppress herbivore-induced volatile emissions in maize. Journal of Chemical Ecology. (online: doi: 10.1007/s10886-020-01153-x)

Jaffuel G, Sbaiti I, Turlings CJT 2020. Encapsulated entomopathogenic nematodes can protect maize plants from Diabrotica balteata larvae. Insects11(1): 27; https://doi.org/10.3390/insects11010027

Xu H, Zhou G, Dötterl S, Schäffler I, Degen T, Chen L, Turlings TCJ 2020. Distinct roles of cuticular aldehydes as pheromonal cues in two Cotesiaparasitoids. Journal of Chemical Ecology 46:128-137


Xu H, Zhou G, Dötterl S, Schäffler I, von Arx M, Roeder G, Degen T, Chen L, Turlings TCJ 2019. The combined use of an attractive and repellent sex pheromone by a gregarious parasitoid. Journal of Chemical Ecology 45: 559-569

Abdala-Roberts L, Quijano-Medina T, Moreira X, Parra-Tabla V, Berny-Mier y Teran J, Grandi L, Glauser G, Turlings TCJ, Benrey B 2019. Bottom-up effects of plant defenses and climate on geographic variation in insect herbivory on wild cotton (Gossypium hirsutum). American Journal of Botany 106:1059-1067

Zhang P-J, Wei J-N, Zhao C, Zhang Y-F, Li C-Y, Liu S-S, Dicke M, Yu X-P, Turlings TCJ 2019. Airborne host-plant manipulation by whiteflies via an inducible blend of plant volatiles. Proc. Natl. Acad. Science USA 116: 7387-7396

Imperiali, N, Jaffuel G, Shelby K, Campos-Herrera R, Geisert R, Maurhofer M, Loper J, Keel C, Turlings TCJ, Hibbard BE 2019. Protecting maize from rootworm damage with the combined application of arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi, Pseudomonas bacteria and entomopathogenic nematodes. Scientific Reports 9, 3127

Abdala-Roberts L, Pérez Niño B, Moreira X, Parra-Tabla V, Grandi L, Glauser G, Benrey B, Turlings TCJ 2019. Effects of early-season insect herbivory on subsequent pathogen infection and ant abundance on wild cotton (Gossypium hirsutum). Journal of Ecology 107: 1518-1529

Jaffuel G, Půža V, Hug A-S, Meuli R G, Nermuť J, Turlings TCJ, Desurmont GA, Campos-Herrera R 2019. Molecular detection and quantification of slug parasitic nematodes from the soil and their hosts. Journal of invertebrate pathology 160: 18-25

Gasmi L, Martínez-Solís M, Frattini A, Ye M, Collado MC, Turlings TCJ, Erb M, Herrero S 2019. Can herbivore-induced volatiles protect plants by increasing the herbivores' susceptibility to natural pathogens? Applied and Environmental Microbiology (online: DOI: 101128/AEM.01468-18)

Machado RAR, Bruno P, CC Marques Arce, Liechti N, Köhler A, Bernal J, Bruggmann R, Turlings TCJ 2019. Photorhabdus khanii subsp. guanajuatensis subsp. nov., isolated from Heterorhabditis atacamensis, and Photorhabdus luminescens subsp. mexicana subsp. nov., isolated from Heterorhabditis mexicana entomopathogenic nematodes. International Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology (online: doi: 10.1099/ijsem.0.003154)


Ye M, Veyrat N, Xu H, Turlings TCJ, Erb M 2018. An herbivore-induced plant volatile reduces parasitoid attraction by changing the smell of caterpillars. Science Advances 4.

Xu H, Turlings TCJ 2018. Plant Volatiles as Mate-Finding Cues for Insects. Trends in Plant Science 23: 100-111.

Kergunteuil A, Röder G, Rasmann S (2018) Environmental gradients and the evolution of tri-trophic interactions. Ecology Letters. doi: 10.1111/ele.13190.

Turlings TCJ, Erb M 2018. Tritrophic interactions mediated by herbivore-induced plant volatiles: mechanisms, ecological relevance, and application potential. Annual Review of Entomology 63: 433-452.

Sobhy IS, Bruce TJ, Turlings TC 2018. Priming of cowpea volatile emissions with defense inducers enhances the plant's attractiveness to parasitoids when attacked by caterpillars. Pest Management Science 74: 966-977.

Jaffuel G, Chappuis L, Guillarme D, Turlings TCJ, Glauser G 2018. Improved separation by at-column dilution in preparative hydrophilic interaction chromatography. Journal of Chromatography A 1532: 136-143.

Jaffuel G, Blanco-Pérez R, Hug A-S, Chiriboga X, Meuli RG, Mascher F, Turlings TCJ, Campos-Herrera R 2018. The evaluation of entomopathogenic nematode soil food web assemblages across Switzerland reveals major differences among agricultural, grassland and forest ecosystems. Agriculture, Ecosystems & Environment 262: 48-57.

Girod P, Rossignaud L, Haye T, Turlings TCJ, Kenis M 2018. Development of Asian parasitoids in larvae of Drosophila suzukii feeding on blueberry and artificial diet. Journal of Applied Entomology 142: 483-494.

Girod P, Lierhmann O, Urvois T, Turlings TCJ, Kenis M, Haye T 2018. Host specificity of Asian parasitoids for potential classical biological control of Drosophila suzukii. Journal of Pest Science.

Gaillard MDP, Glauser G, Robert CAM, Turlings TCJ 2018. Fine-tuning the ‘plant domestication-reduced defense’ hypothesis: specialist vs generalist herbivores. New Phytologist 217: 355-366.

Desurmont GA, Guiguet A, Turlings TCJ 2018. Invasive insect herbivores as disrupters of chemically-mediated tritrophic interactions: effects of herbivore density and parasitoid learning. Biological Invasions 20: 195-206.

de Lange ES, Farnier K, Degen T, Gaudillat B, Aguilar-Romero R, Bahena-Juárez F, Oyama K, Turlings TCJ 2018. Parasitic wasps can reduce mortality of teosinte plants infested with fall armyworm: support for a defensive function of herbivore-Induced plant volatiles. Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution 6.

Chiriboga M. X, Guo H, Campos-Herrera R, Röder G, Imperiali N, Keel C, Maurhofer M, Turlings TCJ 2018. Root-colonizing bacteria enhance the levels of (E)-β-caryophyllene produced by maize roots in response to rootworm feeding. Oecologia 187: 459-468.

Carrasco D, Desurmont GA, Laplanche D, Proffit M, Gols R, Becher PG, Larsson MC, Turlings TCJ, Anderson P 2018. With or without you: Effects of the concurrent range expansion of an herbivore and its natural enemy on native species interactions. Global Change Biology 24: 631-643.


Xu H, Desurmont G, Degen T, Zhou G, Laplanche D, Henryk L, Turlings TCJ 2017. Combined use of herbivore-induced plant volatiles and sex pheromones for mate location in braconid parasitoids. Plant, Cell & Environment 40: 330-339.

Röder G, Mota M, Turlings TCJ 2017. Host plant location by chemotaxis in an aquatic beetle. Aquatic Sciences 79: 309-318.

Jaffuel G, Blanco-Pérez R, Büchi L, Mäder P, Fließbach A, Charles R, Degen T, Turlings TCJ, Campos-Herrera R 2017. Effects of cover crops on the overwintering success of entomopathogenic nematodes and their antagonists. Applied Soil Ecology 114: 62-73.

Imperiali N, Chiriboga X, Schlaeppi K, Fesselet M, Villacrés D, Jaffuel G, Bender SF, Dennert F, Blanco-Pérez R, van der Heijden MGA, Maurhofer M, Mascher F, et al. 2017. Combined field inoculations of Pseudomonas bacteria, arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi, and entomopathogenic nematodes and their effects on wheat performance. Frontiers in Plant Science 8.

Desurmont GA, Köhler A, Maag D, Laplanche D, Xu H, Baumann J, Demairé C, Devenoges D, Glavan M, Mann L, Turlings TCJ 2017. The spitting image of plant defenses: Effects of plant secondary chemistry on the efficacy of caterpillar regurgitant as an anti-predator defense. Ecology and Evolution 7: 6304-6313.

Chiriboga X, Campos-Herrera R, Jaffuel G, Röder G, Turlings TCJ 2017. Diffusion of the maize root signal (E)-β-caryophyllene in soils of different textures and the effects on the migration of the entomopathogenic nematode Heterorhabditis megidis. Rhizosphere 3: 53-59.

Canestrari D, Bolopo D, Turlings TCJ, Röder G, Marcos JM, Baglione V 2017. Formal comment to Soler et al.: Great spotted cuckoo nestlings have no antipredatory effect on magpie or carrion crow host nests in southern Spain. Plos One 12: e0184446.

Brütsch T, Jaffuel G, Vallat A, Turlings TCJ, Chapuisat M 2017. Wood ants produce a potent antimicrobial agent by applying formic acid on tree-collected resin. Ecology and Evolution 7: 2249-2254.


Veyrat N, Robert CAM, Turlings TCJ, Erb M 2016. Herbivore intoxication as a potential primary function of an inducible volatile plant signal. Journal of Ecology 104: 591-600.

Rasmann S, Turlings TCJ 2016. Root signals that mediate mutualistic interactions in the rhizosphere. Current Opinion in Plant Biology 32: 62-68.

Maag D, Köhler A, Robert CAM, Frey M, Wolfender J-L, Turlings TCJ, Glauser G, Erb M 2016. Highly localized and persistent induction of Bx1-dependent herbivore resistance factors in maize. The Plant Journal 88: 976-991.

Liu X-F, Chen H-H, Li J-K, Zhang R, Turlings TCJ, Chen L 2016. Volatiles released by Chinese liquorice roots mediate host location behaviour by neonate Porphyrophora sophorae (Hemiptera: Margarodidae). Pest Management Science 72: 1959-1964.

Jaffuel G, Mäder P, Blanco-Perez R, Chiriboga X, Fliessbach A, Turlings TCJ, Campos-Herrera R 2016. Prevalence and activity of entomopathogenic nematodes and their antagonists in soils that are subject to different agricultural practices. Agriculture, Ecosystems & Environment 230: 329-340.

Desurmont GA, Zemanova MA, Turlings TC 2016. The gastropod menace: Slugs on Brassica plants affect caterpillar survival through consumption and interference with parasitoid attraction. Journal of Chemical Ecology 42: 183-192.

Desurmont GA, Xu H, Turlings TCJ 2016. Powdery mildew suppresses herbivore-induced plant volatiles and interferes with parasitoid attraction in Brassica rapa. Plant, Cell & Environment 39: 1920-1927.

de Lange ES, Farnier K, Gaudillat B, Turlings TCJ 2016. Comparing the attraction of two parasitoids to herbivore-induced volatiles of maize and its wild ancestors, the teosintes. Chemoecology 26: 33-44.

Ardanuy A, Albajes R, Turlings TCJ 2016. Innate and Learned Prey-Searching Behavior in a Generalist Predator. Journal of Chemical Ecology 42: 497-507.