High elevation common garden experiment for measuring the effect of elevation on plant-herbivore interaction ©Sergio Rasmann
Diabrotica virgifera larva feeding on corn roots while surrounded by entomopathogenic nematodes Heterorhabditis megidis ©Sergio Rasmann
Tetraopes tetrophthalmus larva feeding on cardiac glycoside-producing Asclepias syrica roots ©Sergio Rasmann
Evolutionary ecology of above-below-ground plant-animal interaction
Mechanistic Community Ecology, Soil Ecology
Which biotic and abiotic factors drive variation in species interactions remains a central question in ecology. In our lab we take advantage of natural variation in species interaction generated by ecological gradients, and we use different approaches, including field common gardens, behavioral assays, chemical and phylogenetic analyses to address this question. By studying multitrophic interactions in natural settings we aim at harnessing the ecological and evolutionary mechanisms of community assembly, and ultimately, we hope to use this fundamental knowledge for targeted application related to crop production and biological control of insect pests.
- The unfolding of plant growth form-defence syndromes along elevation gradients
Defossez, Emmanuel; Pellissier, Loic; Rasmann, Sergio
ECOLOGY LETTERS, 21 (5):609-618; 10.1111/ele.12926 MAY 2018
- Pleiotropic effect of the Flowering Locus C on plant resistance and defence against insect herbivores
Rasmann, Sergio; Vilas, Julia Sanchez; Glauser, Gaetan; Cartolano, Maria; Lempe, Janne; Tsiantis, Miltos; Pannell, John R.
JOURNAL OF ECOLOGY, 106 (3):1244-1255; 10.1111/1365-2745.12894 MAY 2018
- Lioptilodes friasi (Lepidoptera: Pterophoridae) Niche Breadth in the Chilean Mediterranean Matorral Biome: Trophic and Altitudinal Dimensions
Vargas, Hector A.; Rasmann, Sergio; Ramirez-Verdugo, Pamela; Villagra, Cristian A
NEOTROPICAL ENTOMOLOGY, 47 (1): 62-68, https://doi.org/10.1007/s13744-017-0514-2 FEB 2018
- Root symbionts: Powerful drivers of plant above- and belowground indirect defenses
Rasmann, Sergio; Bennett, Alison; Biere, Arjen; et al.
INSECT SCIENCE, 24 (6): 947-960 DEC 2017 Review (Details)
- Earthworms affect plant growth and resistance against herbivores: A meta-analysis
Xiao, Zhenggao; Wang, Xie; Koricheva, Julia; et al.
FUNCTIONAL ECOLOGY, 32 (1): 150-160 JAN 2018 Article (Details)
- A global analysis of elevational gradients in leaf herbivory and its underlying drivers: Effects of plant growth form, leaf habit and climatic correlates
Galman, Andrea; Abdala-Roberts, Luis; Zhang, Shuang; et al.
JOURNAL OF ECOLOGY, 106 (1): 413-421 JAN 2018 Article (Details)
- Community-level relaxation of plant defenses against herbivores at high elevation
Callis-Duehl, Kristine; Vittoz, Pascal; Defossez, Emmanuel; et al.
PLANT ECOLOGY, 218 (3): 291-304 MAR 2017 Article (Details)
- Plant-animal interactions
- Community ecology along ecological gradients
- Above-belowground interactions
- Plant-herbivore-microbe interaction
- Evolutionary ecology of plant defense strategies
- Chemical ecology
- Soil ecology