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Dr. Sergio Rasmann

Research interests

Our lab studies the ecology and evolution of plant-insect interactions, including aspects of herbivory, community ecology, chemical ecology, ecological gradients, and coevolution. Research projects include work on tritrophic interactions and trophic cascades, above-belowground interactions, local biodiversity, the biology of soil biota, the evolution of plant defense strategies, and epigenetic mechanisms of plant resistance.

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Curriculum vitae

SNF Ambizione fellowship, Department of Ecology & Evolution, University of Lausanne, Switzerland.

Postdoctoral researcher (Agrawal lab), Department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, Cornell University, USA.

2006 - 2007
Civil service. Development work in Bolivia. Funded by Swiss government

2002 – 2006
PhD Thesis supervised by Prof. Ted Turlings (Farce lab) at University of Neuchâtel, Switzerland

2001 – 2002
Master thesis supervised by Prof. Martine Rahier (e-vol), University of Neuchâtel, Switzerland

1997 – 2002
Undergraduate studies at the University of Neuchâtel (Specialization in Ecology and Systematics).


2016 |  2015 |  2014 |  2013 |  2012 |  2011 |  2010 |  2009 |  2008 |  2007 |  2005 | 

Pellissier L., Litsios G., Fishbein M., Salamin N., Agrawal A.A., Rasmann S., 2016. Different rates of defense evolution and niche preferences in clonal and nonclonal milkweeds (Asclepias spp.). New Phytologist 209(3) pp. 1230-1239. [DOI] [Web of Science] [Pubmed]
Kulich I., Vojtíková Z., Glanc M., Ortmannová J., Rasmann S., Žárský V., 2015. Cell wall maturation of Arabidopsis trichomes is dependent on exocyst subunit EXO70H4 and involves callose deposition. Plant Physiology 168(1) pp. 120-131. [DOI] [Web of Science] [Pubmed]
Rasmann S., Chassin E., Bilat J., Glauser G., Reymond P., 2015. Trade-off between constitutive and inducible resistance against herbivores is only partially explained by gene expression and glucosinolate production. Journal of Experimental Botany 66(9) pp. 2527-2534. [Document] [DOI] [Web of Science] [Pubmed]
Rasmann S., Alvarez N., Pellissier L., 2014. The altitudinal niche breadth hypothesis in plant-insect interaction. pp. 339-360 in Voelckel C., Jander G. (eds.) Plant Insect Interactions. Annual Plant Reviews 47. Wiley-Blackwell Publishing, Oxford. [DOI] [Web of Science]
Rasmann S., Buri A., Gallot-Lavallée M., Joaquim J., Purcell J., Pellissier L., 2014. Differential allocation and deployment of direct and indirect defences by Vicia sepium along elevation gradients. Journal of Ecology 102(4) pp. 930-938. [DOI] [Web of Science]
Pellissier L., Ndiribe C., Dubuis A., Pradervand J.N., Salamin N., Guisan A., Rasmann S., 2013. Turnover of plant lineages shapes herbivore phylogenetic beta diversity along ecological gradients. Ecology Letters 16(5) pp. 600-608. [DOI] [Web of Science] [Pubmed]
Roger A., Gétaz M., Rasmann S., Sanders I.R., 2013. Identity and combinations of arbuscular mycorrhizal fungal isolates influence plant resistance and insect preference. Ecological Entomology 38(4) pp. 330-338. [DOI] [Web of Science]
Agrawal A.A., Petschenka G., Bingham R.A., Weber M.G., Rasmann S., 2012. Toxic cardenolides: chemical ecology and coevolution of specialized plant-herbivore interactions. New Phytologist 194(1) pp. 28-45. [DOI] [Web of Science] [Pubmed]
Manson J.S., Rasmann S., Halitschke R., Thomson J.D., Agrawal A.A., Johnson M., 2012. Cardenolides in nectar may be more than a consequence of allocation to other plant parts: a phylogenetic study of Asclepias. Functional Ecology 26(5) pp. 1100-1110. [DOI] [Web of Science]
Pellissier L., Fiedler K., Ndribe C., Dubuis A., Pradervand J.N., Guisan A., Rasmann S., 2012. Shifts in species richness, herbivore specialization, and plant resistance along elevation gradients. Ecology and Evolution 2(8) pp. 1818-1825. [Document] [DOI] [Web of Science] [Pubmed]
Pellissier L., Rasmann S., Litsios G., Fiedler K., Dubuis A., Pottier J., Guisan A., 2012. High host-plant nitrogen content: a prerequisite for the evolution of ant-caterpillar mutualism? Journal of Evolutionary Biology 25(8) pp. 1658-1666. [DOI] [Web of Science] [Pubmed]
Rasmann S., Ali J.G., Helder J., van der Putten W.H., 2012. Ecology and evolution of soil nematode chemotaxis. Journal of Chemical Ecology 38(6) pp. 615-628. [DOI] [Web of Science] [Pubmed]
Rasmann S., De Vos M., Casteel C.L., Tian D., Halitschke R., Sun J.Y., Agrawal A.A., Felton G.W., Jander G., 2012. Herbivory in the previous generation primes plants for enhanced insect resistance. Plant Physiology 158(2) pp. 854-863. [DOI] [Web of Science] [Pubmed]
Rasmann S., Hiltpold I., Ali J., 2012. The role of root-produced volatile secondary metabolites in mediating soil interactions. pp. 269-290 in Montanaro G., Dichio B. (eds.) Advances in selected plant physiology aspects. InTech. [url editor site] [DOI]
Turlings T.C.J., Hiltpold I., Rasmann S., 2012. The importance of root-produced volatiles as foraging cues for entomopathogenic nematodes. Plant and Soil 358(1-2) pp. 51-60. [DOI] [Web of Science]
Vannette R.L., Rasmann S., 2012. Arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi mediate below-ground plant-herbivore interactions: a phylogenetic study. Functional Ecology 26(5) pp. 1033-1042. [DOI] [Web of Science]
Johnson M.T., Rasmann S., 2011. The latitudinal herbivory-defence hypothesis takes a detour on the map. New Phytologist 191(3) pp. 589-592. [DOI] [Web of Science] [Pubmed]
Rasmann S., Bauerle T.L., Poveda K., Vannette R., 2011. Predicting root defence against herbivores during succession. Functional Ecology 25(2) pp. 368-379. [DOI] [Web of Science]
Agrawal A.A., Conner J.K., Rasmann S., 2010. Tradeoffs and negative correlations in evolutionary ecology. pp. 243-268 in Bell M.A., Futuyma D.J., Eanes W.F., Levinton J.S. (eds.) Evolution since Darwin: the first 150 years. Sinauer Ass, Sunderland, MA.
Agrawal A.A., Fishbein M., Halitschke R., Hastings A.P., Rabosky D.L., Rasmann S., 2009. Evidence for adaptive radiation from a phylogenetic study of plant defenses. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 106(43) pp. 18067-18072. [DOI] [Web of Science] [Pubmed]
Rasmann S., Johnson M.D., Agrawal A.A., 2009. Induced responses to herbivory and jasmonate in three milkweed species. Journal of Chemical Ecology 35(11) pp. 1326-1334. [DOI] [Web of Science]
Rasmann S., Agrawal A.A., 2008. In defense of roots: a research agenda for studying plant resistance to belowground herbivory. Plant Physiology 146(3) pp. 875-880. [DOI] [Web of Science] [Pubmed]
Rasmann S., Turlings T.C.J., 2008. First insights into specificity of belowground tritrophic interactions. Oikos 117(3) pp. 362-369. [DOI] [Web of Science]
Gotthard K., Margraf N., Rasmann S., Rahier M., 2005. The evolution of larval foraging behaviour in response to host plant variation in a leaf beetle. Oikos 109(3) pp. 503-512. [DOI] [Web of Science]
Rasmann S., Köllner T.G., Degenhardt J., Hiltpold I., Toepfer S., Kuhlmann U., Gershenzon J., Turlings T.C., 2005. Recruitment of entomopathogenic nematodes by insect-damaged maize roots. Nature 434(7034) pp. 732-737. [DOI] [Web of Science] [Pubmed]


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