Dr. Sybille Unsicker

   Department of Biochemistry
   Chemical Ecology in Poplar
 Phone:+49 (0)3641 57 1328Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology
 Fax:+49 (0)3641 57 1302Hans-Knöll-Straße 8
  emailD-07745 Jena

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1Eberl, F., Hammerbacher, A., Gershenzon, J., Unsicker, S. (2017). Leaf rust infection reduces herbivore-induced volatile emission in black poplar and attracts a generalist herbivore. New Phytologist. doi:10.1111/nph.14565. [GER479] MPG.PuRE
2Junker, R. R., Kuppler, J., Amo, L., Blande, J. D., Borges, R. M., van Dam, N. M., Dicke, M., Dötterl, S., Ehlers, B. K., Etl, F., Gershenzon, J., Glinwood, R., Gols, R., Groot, A. T., Heil, M., Hoffmeister, M., Holopainen, J. K., Jarau, S., John, L., Kessler, A., Knudsen, J. T., Kost, C., Larue-Kontic, A.-A.-C., Leonhardt, S. D., Lucas-Barbosa, D., Majetic, C. J., Menzel, F., Parachnowitsch, A. L., Pasquet, R. S., Poelman, E. H., Raguso, R. A., Ruther, J., Schiestl, F. P., Schmitt, T., Tholl, D., Unsicker, S., Verhulst, N., Visser, M. E., Weldegergis, B. T., Köllner, T. G. (2017). Covariation and phenotypic integration in chemical communication displays: biosynthetic constraints and eco-evolutionary implications. New Phytologist. doi:10.1111/nph.14505. [GER477] MPG.PuRE
3Schrader, J., Unsicker, S., Bhattacharya, S., Mummenhoff, K. (2017). Growth form rather than phylogenetic relationship predicts broad volatile emission patterns in the Brassicaceae. Plant systematics and evolution, 303(5), 653-662. doi:10.1007/s00606-017-1397-8. [GER494] MPG.PuRE
4Ullah, C., Unsicker, S., Fellenberg, C., Constabel, C. P., Schmidt, A., Gershenzon, J., Hammerbacher, A. (2017). Flavan-3-ols are an effective chemical defense against rust infection. Plant Physiology, 175(4), 1560-1578. doi:10.1104/pp.17.00842. [GER492] OPEN ACCESS gelb MPG.PuRE
1Boeckler, A., Paetz, C., Feibicke, P., Gershenzon, J., Unsicker, S. (2016). Metabolism of poplar salicinoids by the generalist herbivore Lymantria dispar (Lepidoptera). Insect Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, 78, 39-49. doi:10.1016/j.ibmb.2016.08.001. [GER456] MPG.PuRE
2Koban, M. B., Gossner, M. M., Müller, J., Steidle, J. L. M., Bässler, C., Hothorn, T., Unsicker, S., Seibold, S. (2016). Short-distance attraction of saproxylic Heteroptera to olfactory cues. Insect Conservation and Diversity, 9(3), 254-257. doi:10.1111/icad.12161. [GER196] MPG.PuRE
3McCormick, A. C., Reinecke, A., Gershenzon, J., Unsicker, S. (2016). Feeding experience affects the behavioral response of polyphagous gypsy moth caterpillars to herbivore-induced poplar volatiles. Journal of Chemical Ecology, 42(5), 382-393. doi:10.1007/s10886-016-0698-7. [GER453] OPEN ACCESS gold MPG.PuRE
4Zhang, H., Dugé de Bernonville, T., Body, M., Glevarec, G., Reichelt, M., Unsicker, S., Bruneau, M., Renou, J.-P., Huguet, E., Dubreuil, G., Giron, D. (2016). Leaf-mining by Phyllonorycter blancardella reprograms the host-leaf transcriptome to modulate phytohormones associated with nutrient mobilization and plant defense. Journal of Insect Physiology, 84, 114-127. doi:10.1016/j.jinsphys.2015.06.003. [GER211] MPG.PuRE
1Crous, P. W., Wingfield, M. J., Guarro, J., Hernández-Restrepo, M., Sutton, D. A., Acharya, K., Barber, P. A., Boekhout, T., Dimitrov, R. A., Dueñas, M., Dutta, A. K., Gené, J., Gouliamova, D. E., Groenewald, M., Lombard, L., Morozova, O. V., Sarkar, J., Smith, M. T., Stchigel, A. M., Wiederhold, N. P., Alexandrova, A. V., Antelmi, I., Armengol, J., Barnes, I., Cano-Lira, J. F., Ruiz, R. F. C., Contu, M., Courtecuisse, P. R., da Silveira, A. L., Decock, C. A., de Goes, A., Edathodu, J., Ercole, E., Firmino, A. C., Fourie, A., Fournier, J., Furtado, E. L., Geering, A. D. W., Gershenzon, J., Giraldo, A., Gramaje, D., Hammerbacher, A., He, X.-L., Haryadi, D., Khemmuk, W., Kovalenko, A. E., Krawczynski, R., Laich, F., Lechat, C., Lopes, U. P., Madrid, H., Malysheva, E. F., Marín-Felix, Y., Martín, M. P., Mostert, L., Nigro, F., Pereira, O. L., Picillo, B., Pinho, D. B., Popov, E. S., Peláez, C. A. R., Rooney-Latham, S., Sandoval-Denis, M., Shivas, R. G., Silva, V., Stoilova-Disheva, M. M., Telleria, M. T., Ullah, C., Unsicker, S., van der Merwe, N. A., Vizzini, A., Wagner, H.-G., Wong, P. T. W., Wood, A. R., Groenewald, J. Z. (2015). Fungal Planet description sheets: 320–370. Persoonia, 34, 167-266. doi:10.3767/003158515X688433. [GER414] OPEN ACCESS gold MPG.PuRE
2Kempel, A., Razanajatovo, M., Stein, C., Unsicker, S., Auge, H., Weisser, W., Fischer, M., Prati, D. (2015). Herbivore preference drives plant community composition. Ecology, 96(11), 2923-2934. doi:10.1890/14-2125.1. [GER166] MPG.PuRE
3Miehe-Steier, A., Roscher, C., Reichelt, M., Gershenzon, J., Unsicker, S. (2015). Light and nutrient dependent responses in secondary metabolites of Plantago lanceolata offspring are due to phenotypic plasticity in experimental grasslands. PLoS One, 10(9): e0136073. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0136073. [GER422] OPEN ACCESS gold MPG.PuRE
4Unsicker, S., Gershenzon, J., Köllner, T. G. (2015). Beetle feeding induces a different volatile emission pattern from black poplar foliage than caterpillar herbivory. Plant Signaling & Behavior, 10(3): e987522. doi:10.4161/15592324.2014.987522. [GER419] MPG.PuRE
1Boeckler, A., Towns, M., Unsicker, S., Mellway, R., Yip, L., Hilke, I., Gershenzon, J., Constabel, C. P. (2014). Transgenic upregulation of the condensed tannin pathway in poplar leads to a dramatic shift in leaf palatability for two tree-feeding Lepidoptera. Journal of Chemical Ecology, 40, 150-158. doi:10.1007/s10886-014-0383-7. [GER370] MPG.PuRE
2Clavijo McCormick, A. L., Boeckler, A., Köllner, T., Gershenzon, J., Unsicker, S. (2014). The timing of herbivore-induced volatile emission in black poplar (Populus nigra) and the influence of herbivore age and identity affect the value of individual volatiles as cues for herbivore enemies. BMC Plant Biology, 14: 304. doi:10.1186/s12870-014-0304-5. [GER400] OPEN ACCESS gold MPG.PuRE
3Clavijo McCormick, A. L., Gershenzon, J., Unsicker, S. (2014). Little peaks with big effects: establishing the role of minor plant volatiles in plant-insect interactions. Plant, Cell and Environment, 37, 1836-1844. doi:10.1111/pce.12357. [GER385] MPG.PuRE
4Clavijo McCormick, A. L., Irmisch, S., Reinecke, A., Boeckler, A., Veit, D., Reichelt, M., Hansson, B. S., Gershenzon, J., Köllner, T., Unsicker, S. (2014). Herbivore-induced volatile emission in black poplar: regulation and role in attracting herbivore enemies. Plant, Cell and Environment, 37(8), 1909-1923. doi:10.1111/pce.12287. [GER371] MPG.PuRE
5Gossner, M. M., Weisser, W. W., Gershenzon, J., Unsicker, S. (2014). Insect attraction to herbivore-induced beech volatiles under different forest management regimes. Oecologia, 176(2), 569-580. doi:10.1007/s00442-014-3025-4. [GER393] MPG.PuRE
6Irmisch, S., Clavijo McCormick, A. L., Günther, J., Schmidt, A., Boeckler, G. A., Gershenzon, J., Unsicker, S., Köllner, T. (2014). Herbivore-induced poplar cytochrome P450 enzymes of the CYP71 family convert aldoximes to nitriles which repel a generalist caterpillar. The Plant Journal, 80(6), 1095-1107. doi:10.1111/tpj.12711. [GER398] OPEN ACCESS gelb MPG.PuRE
7Massad, T., Trumbore, S., Ganbat, G., Reichelt, M., Unsicker, S., Boeckler, A., Gleixner, G., Gershenzon, J., Ruehlow, S. (2014). An optimal defense strategy for phenolic glycoside production in Populus trichocarpa — isotope labeling demonstrates secondary metabolite production in growing leaves. New Phytologist, 203(2), 607-619. doi:10.1111/nph.12811. [GER383] OPEN ACCESS gelb MPG.PuRE
1Boeckler, A., Gershenzon, J., Unsicker, S. (2013). Gypsy moth caterpillar feeding has only a marginal impact on phenolic compounds in old-growth black poplar. Journal of Chemical Ecology, 39(10), 1301-1312. doi:10.1007/s10886-013-0350-8. [GER360] MPG.PuRE
2Heatwole, H., Unsicker, S., Lowman, M. D. (2013). Ontogeny of herbivory on leaves in a tropical rain forest in Madagascar. In M. D. Lowman, S. Devy, T. Ganesh (Eds.), Treetops at Risk - Challenges of Global Canopy Ecology and Conservation (pp. 295-307). Heidelberg: Springer. [GER363] MPG.PuRE
3Irmisch, S., Clavijo McCormick, A. L., Boeckler, A., Schmidt, A., Reichelt, M., Schneider, B., Block, K., Schnitzler, J.-P., Gershenzon, J., Unsicker, S., Köllner, T. (2013). Two herbivore-induced cytochrome P450 enzymes CYP79D6 and CYP79D7 catalyze the formation of volatile aldoximes involved in poplar defense. The Plant Cell, 25(11), 4737-4754. doi:10.1105/tpc.113.118265. [GER361] OPEN ACCESS gelb MPG.PuRE
4Irmisch, S., Unsicker, S., Gershenzon, J., Köllner, T. (2013). Identification and characterization of CYP79D6v4, a cytochrome P450 enzyme producing aldoximes in black poplar (Populus nigra). Plant Signaling & Behavior, 8(12): e27640. doi:10.4161/psb.27640. [GER378] OPEN ACCESS gelb MPG.PuRE
5Kigathi, R., Weisser, W. W., Veit, D., Gershenzon, J., Unsicker, S. (2013). Plants suppress their emission of volatiles when growing with conspecifics. Journal of Chemical Ecology, 39, 537-545. doi:10.1007/s10886-013-0275-2. [GER341] MPG.PuRE
1Clavijo McCormick, A. L., Unsicker, S., Gershenzon, J. (2012). The specificity of herbivore-induced plant volatiles in attracting herbivore enemies. Trends in Plant Science, 17(5), 303-310. doi:10.1016/j.tplants.2012.03.012. [GER326] MPG.PuRE
1Boeckler, A., Gershenzon, J., Unsicker, S. (2011). Phenolic glycosides of the Salicaceae and their role as anti-herbivore defenses. Phytochemistry, 72(13), 1497-1509. doi:10.1016/j.phytochem.2011.01.038. [GER306] MPG.PuRE
2Danner, H., Boeckler, A., Irmisch, S., Yuan, J. S., Chen, F., Gershenzon, J., Unsicker, S., Köllner, T. (2011). Four terpene synthases produce major compounds of the gypsy moth feeding-induced volatile blend of Populus trichocarpa. Phytochemistry, 72, 897-908. doi:10.1016/j.phytochem.2011.03.014. [GER308] MPG.PuRE
3Junker, R. R., Gershenzon, J., Unsicker, S. (2011). Floral odor bouquet loses its ant repellent properties after inhibition of terpene biosynthesis. Journal of Chemical Ecology, 37, 1323-1331. doi:10.1007/s10886-011-0043-0. [GER314] MPG.PuRE
4Mraja, A., Unsicker, S., Reichelt, M., Gershenzon, J., Roscher, C. (2011). Plant community diversity influences allocation to direct chemical defence in Plantago lanceolata. PLoS One, 6(12): e28055. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0028055. [GER313] OPEN ACCESS gold MPG.PuRE
1Franzke, A., Unsicker, S. B., Specht, J., Köhler, G., Weisser, W. W. (2010). Being a generalist herbivore in a diverse world: how do diets from different grasslands influence food plant selection and fitness of the grasshopper Chorthippus parallelus? Ecological Entomology, 35, 126-138. doi:10.1111/j.1365-2311.2009.01168.x. [GER083] MPG.PuRE
2Stein, C., Unsicker, S. B., Kahmen, A., Wagner, M., Audorff, V., Auge, H., Prati, D., Weisser, W. W. (2010). Impact of invertebrate herbivory in grasslands depends on plant species diversity. Ecology, 91(6), 1639-1650. [GER185] MPG.PuRE
3Unsicker, S. B., Franzke, A., Specht, J., Köhler, G., Linz, J., Renker, C., Stein, C., Weisser, W. W. (2010). Plant species richness in montane grasslands affects the fitness of a generalist grasshopper species. Ecology, 91(4), 1083-1091. [GER013] MPG.PuRE
1Fontana, A., Reichelt, M., Hempel, S., Gershenzon, J., Unsicker, S. B. (2009). The effects of arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi on direct and indirect defense metabolites of Plantago lanceolata L. Journal of Chemical Ecology, 35, 833-843. doi:10.1007/s10886-009-9654-0. [GER266] MPG.PuRE
2Heatwole, H., Unsicker, S. B., Andriamiarisoa, L., Lowman, M. (2009). Vicissitudes of leaves in a tropical rain forest in Madagascar. Journal of Tropical Ecology, 25, 615-624. doi:10.1017/S0266467409990277. [GER278] MPG.PuRE
3Hempel, S., Stein, C., Unsicker, S., Renker, C., Auge, H., Weisser, W. W., Buscot, F. (2009). Specific bottom-up effects of arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi across a plant-herbivore-parasitoid system. Oecologia, 160, 267-277. doi:10.1007/s00442-009-1294-0. [GER264] MPG.PuRE
4Kigathi, R., Unsicker, S. B., Reichelt, M., Kesselmeier, J., Gershenzon, J., Weisser, W. W. (2009). Emission of volatile organic compounds after herbivory from Trifolium pratense (L.) under laboratory and field conditions. Journal of Chemical Ecology, 35, 1335-1348. doi:10.1007/s10886-009-9716-3. [GER168] MPG.PuRE
5Unsicker, S. B., Kunert, G., Gershenzon, J. (2009). Protective perfumes: the role of vegetative volatiles in plant defense against herbivores. Current Opinion in Plant Biology, 12, 479-485. doi:10.1016/j.pbi.2009.04.001. [GER270] MPG.PuRE
1Specht, J., Scherber, C., Unsicker, S. B., Köhler, G., Weisser, W. (2008). Diversity and beyond: plant functional identity determines herbivore performance. Journal of Animal Ecology, 77(5), 1047-1055. doi:10.1111/j.1365-2656.2008.01395.x. [GER258] OPEN ACCESS gelb MPG.PuRE
2Unsicker, S. B., Oswald, A., Köhler, G., Weisser, W. W. (2008). Complementarity effects through dietary mixing enhance the performance of a generalist insect herbivore. Oecologia, 156(2), 313-324. [GER236] MPG.PuRE
3Unsicker, S., Köhler, G., Linz, J., Stein, C., Weisser, W. W. (2008). Colour morph related performance in the meadow grasshopper Chorthippus parallelus (Orthoptera, Acrididae). Ecological Entomology, 33(5), 631-637. [GER247] MPG.PuRE
1Mody, K., Unsicker, S. B., Linsenmair, K. E. (2007). Fitness related diet-mixing by intraspecific host-plant-switching of specialist insect herbivores. Ecology, 88(4), 1012-1020. [GER235] MPG.PuRE
1Kahmen, A., Renker, C., Unsicker, S. B., Buchmann, N. (2006). Niche complementarity for nitrogen: An explanation for the biodiversity and ecosystem functioning relationship? Ecology, 87(5), 1244-1255. [GER207] MPG.PuRE
2Unsicker, S. B., Baer, N., Kahmen, A., Wagner, M., Buchmann, N., Weisser, W. W. (2006). Invertebrate herbivory along a gradient of plant species diversity in extensively managed grasslands. Oecologia, 150 (2 ), 233-246. [GER206] MPG.PuRE
1Unsicker, S. B., Mody, K. (2005). Influence of tree species and compass bearing on insect folivory of nine common tree species in the West African savanna. Journal of Tropical Ecology, 21, 227-231. doi:10.1017/S0266467404002196. [IMPRS066] MPG.PuRE