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Heil, M., and Land, W. G. (2014). Danger signals–damaged-self recognition across the tree of life.
Plant-Microbe Interaction 5: 578
Duran-Flores, D., and Heil, M. (2014). Damaged-self recognition in common bean (Phaseolus vulgaris) shows taxonomic specificity and triggers
signaling via reactive oxygen species (ROS).
Plant-Microbe Interaction 5: 585
Heil, M. (2014). Herbivore-induced plant volatiles: targets, perception and unanswered questions.
New Phytologist 204: 297-306
Millán-Cańongo, C., Orona-Tamayo, D., and Heil, M. (2014). Phloem sugar flux and jasmonic acid-responsive cell wall invertase control extrafloral
nectar secretion in Ricinus communis.
Journal of Chemical Ecology 40: 760-769
Navarro-Meléndez, A. L., and Heil, M. (2014). Symptomless endophytic fungi suppress endogenous levels of salicylic acid and interact with the
jasmonate-dependent indirect defense traits of their host, lima bean (Phaseolus lunatus).
Journal of Chemical Ecology 40: 816-825
Adame-Álvarez, R. M., Mendiola-Soto, J., and Heil, M. (2014). Order of arrival shifts endophyte–pathogen interactions in bean from resistance
induction to disease facilitation.
FEMS Microbiology Letters 355: 100-107
Moctezuma, C., Hammerbacher, A., Heil, M., Gershenzon, J., Méndez-Alonzo, R., and Oyama, K. (2014). Specific polyphenols and tannins are associated
with defense against insect herbivores in the tropical oak Quercus oleoides.
Journal of Chemical Ecology 1-10
Heil, M. (2014). Relevance versus reproducibility—solving a common dilemma in chemical ecology.
Journal of Chemical Ecology 40: 315-316
Heil, M., Barajas-Barron, A., Orona-Tamayo, D., Wielsch, N., and Svatos, A. (2014). Partner manipulation stabilises a horizontally transmitted
Ecology letters 17: 185-192
García-Guzmán, G., and Heil, M. (2014). Life histories of hosts and pathogens predict patterns in tropical fungal plant diseases.
New Phytologist 201: 1106-1120
Escalante-Pérez, M., and Heil, M. (2013). The production and protection of nectars.
In: Progress in Botany (pp. 239-261). Springer Berlin Heidelberg.
Orona-Tamayo, D., and Heil, M. (2013). Stabilizing mutualisms threatened by exploiters: new insights from ant–plant research.
Biotropica 45: 654-665
Delaye, L., García-Guzmán, G., and Heil, M. (2013). Endophytes versus biotrophic and necrotrophic pathogens-are fungal lifestyles
evolutionarily stable traits?.
Fungal Diversity 60: 125-135
Orona-Tamayo, D., Wielsch, N., Blanco-Labra, A., Svatos, A., Farías-Rodríguez, R., and Heil, M. (2013). Exclusive rewards in mutualisms:
ant proteases and plant protease inhibitors create a lock–key system to protect Acacia food bodies from exploitation.
Molecular Ecology 22: 4087-4100
Ballhorn, D. J., Kautz, S., and Heil, M. (2013). Distance and sex determine host plant choice by herbivorous beetles.
PloS One 8: e55602
Heil, M. (2013). Let the best one stay: screening of ant defenders by Acacia host plants functions independently of partner choice or host
Journal of Ecology 101: 684-688
Orona-Tamayo, D., Wielsch, N., Escalante-Pérez, M., Svatos, A., Molina-Torres, J., Muck, A., Ramirez-chávez, E., Ádame-Alvarez, R.-M. and Heil, M.
(2013). Short-term proteomic dynamics reveal metabolic factory for active extrafloral nectar secretion by Acacia cornigera ant-plants.
The Plant Journal 73: 546-554
Escalante-Pérez, M., and Heil, M. (2012). Nectar secretion: its ecological context and physiological regulation.
In: Secretions and Exudates in Biological Systems (pp. 187-219).
Springer Berlin Heidelberg
González-Teuber, M., Bueno, J. C. S., Heil, M., and Boland, W. (2012). Increased host investment in extrafloral nectar (EFN) improves the
efficiency of a mutualistic defensive service.
PloS One 7: e46598
Kautz, S., Ballhorn, D. J., Kroiss, J., Pauls, S. U., Moreau, C. S., Eilmus, S., Strohm, E. and Heil, M. (2012). Host plant use by competing
acacia-ants: mutualists monopolize while parasites share hosts.
PloS One 7: e37691
Heil, M. (2012) Caterpillar feeding impairs an indirect defence: costs or strategy?.
Functional Ecology 26: 999-1000
Heil, M. (2012) Interview with Martin Heil: Specificity of plant–enemy interactions.
Trends in Plant Science 17: 244
Córdova-Campos, O., Adame-Álvarez, R. M., Acosta-Gallegos, J. A., and Heil, M. (2012). Domestication affected the basal and induced disease
resistance in common bean (Phaseolus vulgaris).
European Journal of Plant Pathology 134. 367-379
Heil, M. (2012). Damaged-self recognition as a general strategy for injury detection.
Plant Signaling and Behavior 7: 576-580
Agrawal, A. A., and Heil, M. (2012). Synthesizing specificity: multiple approaches to understanding the attack and defense of plants.
Trends in Plant Science 17: 239-242
Barrett, L. G., and Heil, M. (2012). Unifying concepts and mechanisms in the specificity of plant–enemy interactions.
Trends in Plant Science 17: 282-292
Girón-Calva, P. S., Molina-Torres, J., and Heil, M. (2012). Volatile dose and exposure time impact perception in neighboring plants.
Journal of Chemical Ecology 38: 226-228
Heil, M., Ibarra-Laclette, E., Adame-Álvarez, R. M., Martínez, O., Ramirez-Chávez, E., Molina-Torres, J., and Herrera-Estrella, L. (2012).
How plants sense wounds: damaged-self recognition is based on plant-derived elicitors and induces octadecanoid signaling.
PloS One 7: e30537
Partida-Martínez, L. P., & Heil, M. (2011). The microbe-free plant: fact or artifact?.
Frontiers in Plant Science 2: 1-16
Kessler, A. and Heil, M. (2011) The multiple faces of indirect defences and their agents
of natural selection.
Functional Ecology 25: 348-357
Heil, M. (2011) Plant-mediated interactions between above- and below-ground communities at multiple trophic levels.
Journal of Ecology 99: 3-6
de Roman, M., Fernndez, I., Wyatt, T., Sahrawy, M., Heil, M. and Pozo, M. J. (2011) Elicitation of foliar resistance mechanisms transiently
impairs root association with arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi.
Journal of Ecology 99: 36-45
Heil, M. (2011) Nectar: generation, regulation and ecological functions.
Trends in Plant Science 16: 191-200
Van Dam, N.M. and Heil, M. (2011) Multitrophic interactions below and above ground:
en route to the next level. Journal of Ecology 99: 77-88
Heil, M. and Adame-Alvarez (2010). Short signalling distances make plant
communication a soliloquy.
Biology Letters 6: 843-845
Hernandez-Cumplido, J., Benrey, B. and Heil, M. (2010) Attraction of flower visitors to plants that
express indirect defence can minimize ecological costs of ant-pollinator conflicts.
Journal of Troppical Ecology 26: 555-557
Radhika, V., Kost, C., Boland, W. and Heil, M. (2010) The role of jasmonate signalling in floral
nectar secretion. PLoS ONE 5: e9265
Gonzalez-Teuber, M., Pozo, M.-J., Muck, A., Svatos, A. and Heil M. (2010) Glucanases and chitinases as causal agents in the protection of
Acacia extrafloral nectar from infestation by phytopathogens.
Plant Physiology 152: 1705-1715
Kley, J., Heil, M., Muck, A., Svatos, A. and Boland, W. (2010) Isolating intact chloroplasts from small
Arabidopsis samples for proteomic studies. Analytical Biochemistry 398: 198-202
Heil, M., Orona-Tamayo, D., Eilmus, S., Kautz, S. and Gonzalez-Teuber, M. (2010) Chemical communication
and coevolution in an ant-plant mutualism.
Chemoecology 20: 63-74
Heil, M. and Karban, R. (2010) Explaining evolution of plant communication by airborne signals.
Trends in Ecology and Evolution 25: 137-144
Heil, M. (2010) Plastic defence expression in plants. Evolutionary Ecology 24: 555-569
Cipollini, D. and Heil, M. (2010) Costs and benefits of induced resistance to herbivores and pathogens in plants.
CAB Reviews 5: 1-25
Gonzalez-Teuber, M. and Heil, M. (2009) The Role of extrafloral nectar amino acidsfor the preferences of facultative and obligate ant mutualists. Journal of Chemestry Ecology 35: 459-468
Heil, M. (2009) Damaged-self recognition in plant herbivore defence.
Trends in Plant Science 14: 356-363
Eilmus, S. and Heil, M. (2009) Bacterial asssociates of arboreal ants and their putative functions in an obligate ant-plant mutualism. Applied and Environmental Microbiology 75: 4324–4332
Ballhorn, D.-J., Kautz, S., Heil, M. and Hegeman, A.-D. (2009) Analyzing plant defenses in nature.
Plant Signal and Behavior 4: 743-745
Gonzalez-Teuber, M. and Heil, M. (2009) Nectar chemistry is tailored for both attraction of mutualists and protection from exploiters. Plant Signal and Behavior 4: 1-5
Heil, M., González-Teuber, G., Clement, L., Kautz, S., Verhaagh, M. & Silva Bueno, J.C. (2009) Divergent investment strategies of Acacia myrmecophytes and the coexistence of mutualists and exploiters.
PNAS 106: 18091-18096
Yi, H.-S., Heil, M., Adame-Alvarez, R.-M., Ballhorn, D.-J., and Ryu, C.-M. (2009) Airborne induction and priming of plant defenses against a bacterial pathogen. Plant Physiology 151: 2152–2161
Kautz, S., Pauls, S.U., Ballhorn, D.-J., Lumbsch, H.-T. and Heil, M. (2009) Polygynous supercolonies of the acacia-ant Pseudomyrmex peperi, an inferior colony founder.
Molecular Ecology 18: 5180-5194
Kost, C. and Heil, M. (2008) The defensive role of volatile emission and extrafloral nectar secretion for Lima
bean in nature.
Journal of Chemical Ecology34: 2-13
Clement, L., Koppen, S.C.W., Brand, W.A., and Heil, M. (2008) Strategies of a parasite of the ant-Acacia mutualism.
Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology 62: 953-962.
Heil, M. (2008) Indirect defence via tritrophic interactions.
New Phytologist 178: 41-61
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Heil, M. (2008) Ants and plants – a world of interactions. Trends Ecol. Evol. 23, 253-254. (invited book review).
Heil, M., Lion, U. and Boland, W. (2008) Defence-inducing volatiles – in search for the active motif.
Journal of Chemical Ecology 34: 601-604
Heil, M. and Ton, J. (2008) Long-distance signalling in plant defence.
Trends in Plant Sciences13: 264-272
Ballhorn D.J., Kautz S., Lion U. and Heil, M. (2008) Trade-offs between direct and indirect defences of lima
bean (Phaseolus lunatus).
Journal of Ecology 96: 971-980
Radhika, V., Kost, S., Bartram, S., Heil, M. and Boland, W. (2008) Testing the optimal defence hypothesis for two
indirect defences: secretion of extrafloral nectar and emission of volatile organic compounds.
Planta 228: 449-45
Ballhorn D.J., Schiwy S., Jensen M. and Heil M. (2008) Quantitative variability of direct chemical defense in
primary and secondary leaves of lima bean (Phaseolus lunatus) and consequences for a natural herbivore.
J Chem Ecol 34, 1298-1301
Ballhorn D.J., Kautz S., Lion U. and Heil, M. (2008) Qualitative variability of lima bean’s VOC bouquets and its putative consequences on plant-plant communication Plant Signal. Behav. 3, 1005-1007
Heil, M., Rico-Gray, V. and Oliveira, P.S. 2007: The ecology and evolution of ant-plant interactions.
Myrmecol. News 11: 78 (invited book review).
Heil, M. and Silva Bueno, J.C. (2007) Within-plant signalling by volatiles leads to induction and priming of an
indirect plant defence in nature. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA 104: 5467-5472.
Heil, M. and Silva Bueno, J.C. (2007) Herbivore-induced volatiles as rapid signals
in systemic plant responses. Plant Signal. Behav. 2, 191-193
Walters, D. and Heil, M. (2007) Costs and trade-offs associated with induced resistance.
Physiological and Molecular Plant Pathology 71. 3-17
Ballhorn, D., Heil, M., Pietrowski, A., Lieberei, R. (2007) Quantitative effects of cyanogenesis on an
Journal of Chemical Ecology 33: 2195-2208
Kost, C. and Heil, M. (2006) Herbivore-induced plant volatiles induce an indirect defence in neighbouring plants.
Journal of Ecology94, 619-628
Ballhorn, D.J., Heil, M. and Lieberei, R. (2006) Phenotypic plasticity of cyanogenesis in lima bean Phaseolus
lunatus-activity and activation of ß-glucosidase.
Journal of Chemical Ecology 32: 261-275.
Heil, M. and Kost, C. (2006) Priming of indirect defences.
Ecology Letters 9: 813-817.
Heil, M. and Ploss, K (2006) Induced resistance enzymes in wild plants – do ‘early birds’ escape from pathogen attack?
Naturwissenschaften 93: 455-460.
Kost, C. and Heil, M. (2005) Increased availability of extrafloral nectar reduces herbivory in Lima bean plants
Basic and Applied Ecology 6, 237-248
Dietrich, R., Ploss, K., and Heil, M. (2005) Growth responses and fitness costs after induction of pathogen
resistance depend on environmental conditions.
Plant, Cell and Environment 28, 211-222
Heil, M., Büchler, R. and Boland, M. (2005) Quantification of invertase activity in ants under field conditions.
Journal of Chemical Ecology 31: 431-437
Heil, M., Rattke, J., Boland, W. (2005) Post-secretory hydrolysis of nectar sucrose and specialization in ant/plant
Science 308: 560-563
Heil, M. (2004) Induction of two indirect defences benefits Lima bean (Phaseolus lunatus) in nature.
Journal of Ecology 92: 527-536
Heil, M. (2004) Direct defense or ecological costs?? Responses of herbivorous beetles to volatiles released by
wild Lima bean (Phaseolus lunatus).
Journal of Chemical Ecology 30: 1289-1295
Heil, M., Greiner, S., Meimberg, H., Kruger, R., Heubl., G. Noyer, J.-L., Linsenmair, K.E. and Boland, W. (2004)
Evolutionary change from induced to constitutive expression of an indirect plant resistance.
Nature 430: 205-208
Heil, M., Hilpert, A., Kruger, R. and Linsenmair, K.E. (2004) Competition among visitors to extrafloral nectaries as a
source of ecological costs of an indirect defence.
Journal of Tropical Ecology 20: 201-208
Heil, M., Feil, D., Hilpert, A. and Linsenmair, K.E. (2004) Spatio-temporal patterns in indirect defence of a
South-East Asian ant-plant support the optimal defence hypothesis.
Journal of Tropical Ecology 20: 573-580
Heil, M., Baumann, B., Kruger, R. and Linsenmair, K.E. (2004) Main nutrient compounds in food bodies of Mexican
Chemoecology 14: 45-52
Dietrich, R., Ploß, K. and Heil, M. (2004) Constitutive and induced resistance to pathogens in Arabidopsis thaliana
depend on nitrogen supply.
Plant, Cell and Environmental 27, 896-906
Heil, M. and McKey, D. (2003) Protective ant-plant interactions as model systems in ecological and evolutionary
Annual Review of Ecology, Evolution, and Systematics 34, 425-453
Heil, M. (2002) Ecological costs of induced resistance.
Current Opinion in Plant Biology 5: 345-350
Heil, M. and Baldwin, I. (2002) Fitness costs of induced resistance: emerging experimental support for a slippery concept.
Trends in Plant Science 7: 61-67
Heil, M. and Bostock, R. (2002) Induced systemic resistance (ISR) against pathogens in the context of induced plant
defences. Annals of Botany 89: 503-512
Heil, M., Hilpert, A., Fiala, B., bin Hashim, R., Strohm, E., Zotz, G. and Linsenmair, K.E. (2002) Nutrient allocation
of Macaranga triloba ant plants to growth, photosynthesis, and indirect defence.
Functional Ecology 16: 475-483
Heil, M., Delsinne, T., Hilpert, A., Schürkens, S., Andary, C., Linsenmair, K.E., Sousa, M.S. and McKey, D. (2002)
Reduced chemical defence in ant-plants? A critical re-evaluation of a widely accepted hypothesis.
Oikos 99: 457-468
Heil, M., Baumann, B., Andary, C., Linsenmair, K.E., McKey, D. (2002) Extraction and quantification of
“condensed tannins“ as valuable measure of plant anti-herbivore defence? Revisiting an old problem.
Naturwissenschaften 89: 519-524
Heil, M. (2001) The ecological concept of costs of induced systemic resistance (ISR)
Eurropena Journal of Plant Pathology 107: 137-146
Heil, M. (2001) Induced systemic resistance (ISR) against pathogens – a promising field for ecological research.
Perspectives in Plant Ecology, Evolution and Systematics 4: 65-79
Heil, M., Koch, T., Hilpert, A., Fiala, B., Boland, W. and Linsenmair, K.E. (2001) Extrafloral nectar production of
the ant-associated plant, Macaranga tanarius, is an induced, indirect, defensive response elicited by jasmonic acid.
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA 98: 1083-1088
Heil, M., Fiala, B., Maschwitz, U. and Linsenmair, K.E. (2001) On benefits of indirect defence: short- and long-term
studies of antiherbivore protection via mutualistic ants. Oecologia 126: 395-403
Heil, M., Hilpert, A., Fiala, B., Linsenmair, KE (2001) Nutrient availability and indirect (biotic) defence in a
Malaysian ant-plant. Oecologia 126: 404-408
Linsenmair, K.E., Heil, M., Kaiser, W.M., Fiala, B., Koch, T.and Boland, W. (2001) Adaptations to biotic and abiotic
stress: Macaranga-ant plants optimise investment in biotic defence.
journal of Experimental Botany 52: 2057-2065
Heil, M (2000) Different strategies for studying ecological aspects of systemic acquired resistance (SAR).
Journal of Ecology 88: 707-708
Heil, M., Fiala, B., Baumann, B. and Linsenmair, K.E. (2000) Temporal, spatial and biotic variation in extrafloral
nectar secretion by Macaranga tanarius.
Functional Ecology 14: 749-757
Heil, M., Hilpert, A., Kaiser, W. and Linsenmair, K.E (2000) Reduced growth and seed set following chemical induction
of pathogen defence: does systemic acquired resistance (SAR) incur allocation costs?
Journal of Ecology 88: 645-654
Heil, M., Staehelin, C. and McKey D. (2000) Low chitinase activity in Acacia myrmecophytes: a potential trade-off
between biotic and chemical defences?
Naturwissenschaften 87: 555-558
Heil, M. (1995) Differenzierungen und Dynamik in der Grünlandvegetation des Hafenlohrtals (Spessart): Nutzung als
dominierender Standortfaktor. (Differentations and dynamics in the greenland vegetation of the Hafenlohrtal
(Spessart, Germany). Land use as dominant site factor). Tuexenia 15: 295-327
Heil, M. , Fiala, B., Linsenmair, K.E., Zotz, G., Menke, P. and Maschwitz, U. (1997) Food body production in Macaranga
triloba (Euphorbiaceae): a plant investment in anti-herbivore defence via symbiotic ant partners.
Journal of Ecology 85: 847-861
Heil, M., Fiala, B., Kaiser, W. and Linsenmair, K.E. (1998) Chemical contents of Macaranga food bodies: adaptations
to their role in ant attraction and nutrition. Functional Ecology 12: 117-122
Heil, M. (1999) Systemic acquired resistance: available information and open ecological questions.
Journal of Ecology 87: 341-346
Heil, M., Fiala, B., Boller, T. and Linsenmair, K.E. (1999) Reduced chitinase activities in ant plants of the genus
Macaranga. Naturwissenschaften 86: 146-149
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