Non-peer reviewed publications

(bioRxiv, book chapters, editorials, news & views)

Armitage SAO, Milutinović. (2022) Editorial overview: Evolutionary ecology of insect immunity. Current Opinion in Insect Science. 53:100948. doi: 10.1016/j.cois.2022.100948.

Acuña Hidalgo B*, Silva LM*, Franz M*, Regoes RR, Armitage SAO. (2021) Decomposing virulence to understand bacterial clearance in persistent infections. bioRxiv. doi: 10.1101/2021.03.29.437521. *Joint first authors.

Kurtz J, Armitage SAO (2017) Dissecting the dynamics of trans-generational immune priming. Molecular Ecology 26: 3857–3859. doi: 10.1111/mec.14190.

Armitage SAO, Brites D. 2016. The immune-related roles and the evolutionary history of Dscam in arthropods. Book chapter in: The evolution of the immune system: Conservation and diversification, edited by Malagoli D, 241-274.

Kurtz J, Armitage SAO (2006) Alternative adaptive immunity in invertebrates. Trends in Immunology 27: 493-496. doi: 10.1016/

Peer reviewed publications

Acuña Hidalgo B*, Silva LM*, Franz M*, Regoes RR, Armitage SAO. (2022) Decomposing virulence to understand bacterial clearance in persistent infections. Nature Communications. 13:5023. *Joint first authors. See here for an outreach piece on the article written by Bea and Luís for natureportfolio. It also featured in the Nature Communications Ecology and Evolution Editors’ highlights webpage.

Lund-Hansen KK, Kutzer MAM, Armitage SAO, Gornard S, Keilani H, Abbott JK. (2022) Female-limited X chromosome evolution reveals that lifespan is mainly modulated by interlocus rather than intralocus sexual conflict. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology. 76:120. doi:

Acuña Hidalgo B, Armitage SAO. (2022) Host resistance to bacterial infection varies over time, but is not affected by previous exposure to the same pathogen. Frontiers in Physiology. 13:860875. doi: 10.3389/fphys.2022.860875.

Armitage SAO, Genersch E, McMahon DP, Rafaluk-Mohr C, Rolff J. (2022) Tripartite interactions: how immunity, microbiota and pathogens interact and affect pathogen virulence evolution. Current Opinion in Insect Science 50:100871. doi: 10.1016/j.cois.2021.12.011.

Fricke C, Ávila-Calero S, Armitage SAO. (2020) Genotypes and their interaction effects on reproduction and mating-induced immune activation in Drosophila melanogaster. Journal of Evolutionary Biology 33: 930-941. doi: 10.1111/jeb.13625.

Leech T, Evison SEF, Armitage SAO, Sait SM, Bretman A. (2019) Interactive effects of social environment, age and sex on immune responses in Drosophila melanogaster. Journal of Evolutionary Biology 32: 1082-1092. doi: 10.1111/jeb.13509.

Kutzer MAM, Kurtz J, Armitage SAO. (2019) A multi-faceted approach testing the effects of previous bacterial exposure on resistance and tolerance. Journal of Animal Ecology 88: 566-579. doi: 10.1111/1365-2656.12953.

Kutzer MAM, Kurtz J, Armitage SAO (2018) Genotype and diet affect resistance, survival, and fecundity but not fecundity tolerance. Journal of Evolutionary Biology 31: 159-171. doi: 10.1111/jeb.13211.

Armitage SAO, Kurtz J, Brites D, Dong Y, Du Pasquier L, Wang HC (2017) Dscam1 in pancrustacean immunity: Current status and a look to the future. Frontiers in Immunology 8. doi: 10.3389/fimmu.2017.00662.

Evison SEF, Gallagher JD, Thompson JWJ, Siva-Jothy MT, Armitage SAO (2017) Cuticular colour reflects underlying architecture and is affected by a limiting resource. Journal of Insect Physiology 98: 7-13. doi: 10.1016/j.jinsphys.2016.11.005.

Franke F, Armitage SAO, Kutzer MAM, Kurtz J, Scharsack JP (2017) Environmental temperature variation influences fitness trade-offs and tolerance in a fish-tapeworm association. Parasites & Vectors 10: 252. doi: 10.1186/s13071-017-2192-7.

Armitage SAO, Fernández-Marín H, Boomsma JJ, Wcislo WT (2016) Slowing them down will make them lose: a role for attine ant crop fungus in defending pupae against infections? Journal of Animal Ecology 85: 1210–1221. doi: 10.1111/1365-2656.12543.

Futo M, Armitage SAO, Kurtz J (2016) Microbiota plays a role in oral immune priming in Tribolium castaneum. Frontiers in Microbiology 6: 1383. doi: 10.3389/fmicb.2015.01383.

Kutzer MAM, Armitage SAO (2016) The effect of diet and time after bacterial infection on fecundity, resistance, and tolerance in Drosophila melanogaster. Ecology and Evolution 6: 4229–4242. doi: 10.1002/ece3.2185.

Kutzer MAM, Armitage SAO (2016) Maximising fitness in the face of parasites: a review of host tolerance. Zoology 119: 281-289. doi: 10.1016/j.zool.2016.05.011.

Peuß R, Wensing KU, Woestmann L, Eggert H, Milutinović B, Sroka MGU, Scharsack JP, Kurtz J, Armitage SAO (2016) Down syndrome cell adhesion molecule 1: testing for a role in insect immunity, behaviour and reproduction. Royal Society Open Science 3: 160138. doi: 10.1098/rsos.160138.

Armitage SAO, Peuß R, Kurtz J (2015) Dscam and pancrustacean immune memory – A review of the evidence. Developmental and Comparative Immunology 48: 315-323. doi: 10.1016/j.dci.2014.03.004.

Peuß R, Eggert H, Armitage SAO, Kurtz J (2015) Downregulation of the evolutionary capacitor Hsp90 is mediated by social cues. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London B 282: 20152041. doi: 10.1098/rspb.2015.2041.

Armitage SAO, Sun W, You X, Kurtz J, Schmucker D, Chen W (2014) Quantitative profiling of Drosophila melanogaster Dscam1 isoforms reveals no changes in splicing after bacterial exposure. PLOS One 9: 10. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0108660.

Milutinovic B, Stolpe C, Peuß R, Armitage SAO, Kurtz J (2013) The red flour beetle as a model for bacterial oral infections. PLOS One 8: 5. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0064638.

Armitage SAO, Fernández-Marín H, Wcislo WT, Boomsma JJ (2012) An evaluation of the possible adaptive function of fungal brood covering by attine ants. Evolution 66: 1966-1975. doi: 10.1111/j.1558-5646.2011.01568.x.

Armitage SAO, Freiburg RY, Kurtz J, Bravo IG (2012) The evolution of Dscam genes across the arthropods. BMC Evolutionary Biology 12: 53. doi: 10.1186/1471-2148-12-53.

Armitage SAO, Broch JF, Fernández-Marín H, Nash DR, Boomsma JJ (2011) Immune defense in leaf-cutting ants: A cross-fostering approach. Evolution 65: 1791-1799. doi: 10.1111/j.1558-5646.2011.01241.x.

Boughton RK, Joop G, Armitage SAO (2011) Outdoor immunology: methodological considerations for ecologists. Functional Ecology 25: 81-100. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2435.2010.01817.x.

Armitage SAO & Boomsma JJ (2010) The effects of age and social interactions on innate immunity in a leaf-cutting ant. Journal of Insect Physiology 56: 780-787. doi: 10.1016/j.jinsphys.2010.01.009.

Armitage SAO, Boomsma JJ, Baer BC (2010) Diploid male production in a leaf-cutting ant. Ecological Entomology 35: 175-182. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2311.2009.01167.x.

Hughes DP, Evans HC, Hywel-Jones N, Boomsma JJ & Armitage SAO (2009) Novel fungal disease in complex leaf-cutting societies. Ecological Entomology 34: 214-220. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2311.2008.01066.x.

Cremer S, Armitage SAO, Schmid-Hempel P (2007) Social immunity. Current Biology 17: R693-R702. doi: 10.1016/j.cub.2007.06.008.

Baer B*, Armitage SAO*, Boomsma JJ (2006) Sperm storage induces an immunity cost in ants. Nature 441: 872-875. doi: 10.1038/nature04698. *Joint first authors.

Armitage SAO, Siva-Jothy MT (2005) Immune function responds to selection for cuticular colour in Tenebrio molitor. Heredity 94: 650-656. doi: 10.1038/sj.hdy.6800675.

Rolff J, Armitage SAO, Coltman DW (2005) Genetic constraints and sexual dimorphism in immune defense. Evolution 59: 1844-1850. doi: 10.1111/j.0014-3820.2005.tb01831.x.

Armitage SAO, Thompson JJW, Rolff J, Siva-Jothy MT (2003) Examining costs of induced and constitutive immune investment in Tenebrio molitor. Journal of Evolutionary Biology 16: 1038-1044. doi: 10.1046/j.1420-9101.2003.00551.x.

Thompson JJW, Armitage SAO, Siva-Jothy MT (2002) Cuticular colour change after imaginal eclosion is time-constrained: blacker beetles darken faster. Physiological Entomology 27: 136-141. doi: 10.1046/j.1365-3032.2002.00278.x.