Edward Allen Herre
The principle research interests of my laboratory are focused on interactions between different organisms (e.g., plants and insects, plants and fungi). We combine ecological, physiological, phylogenetic, and genomic tools to understand functional relationships among the interacting organisms. Our main study species are the 20+ local species of figs and their associates (pollinator / parasitic wasps / nematodes / wolbachia) and Theobroma cacao (the source of chocolate, for which we have a genome sequencesd) and its endophytic and pathogenic fungi. Below are recent publications:
Representative and Recent Publications
- Herre, E.A., L.C. Mejia, D.A. Kyllo, E.Rojas, Z. Maynard, A. Butler, and S.A. Van Bael (2007) Implications of observed anti-pathogen effects of fungal endophytes in roots, leaves, and fruit of some tropical host plants. Ecology. 88: 550-558.
- Jackson, A.P., C.A.Machado, N. Robbins, and E.A. Herre (2008) Multi-locus phylogenetic analysis of Neotropical figs does not support co-speciation with the pollinators: the importance of systematic scale in fig/wasp cophylogenetic studies. Symbiosis. 45: 57-72.
- Mejía, L.C., E. I. Rojas, Z. Maynard, A. E. Arnold, S.A. Van Bael, G. J. Samuels, N. Robbins, and E.A. Herre (2008) Endophytic fungi as biocontrol agents of Theobroma cacao pathogens. Biological Control 46: 4-14.
- Herre, E.A., K.C. Jander, and C.A. Machado (2008) Evolutionary ecology of figs and their associates: ongoing progress and outstanding puzzles. Annual Review of Ecology and Systematics. 39: 439-458.
- Van Bael, S.A., H. Fernandez-Marin, M. Valencia, E.I. Rojas, W.T. Wcislo, and E.A. Herre (2009) Two fungal symbioses collide: Endophytic fungi are not welcome in leaf-cutting ant gardens Proceedings of the Royal Society 276 (1666): 2419-2426).
- Jander, C. and E.A. Herre (2010) Host sanctions and pollinator cheating in the fig tree-fig wasp mutualism. Proceedings of the Royal Society. 277: 1687 1481-1488.
- Mangan, S.A., S.A. Schnitzer, E.A., Herre, K. Mack, M.I. Valencia, E. Sanchez, and J.D. Bever (2010) Negative plant-soil feedbacks predict relative species abundance in a tropical forest. Nature 466: 752-755.
- Mangan, S.A., E.A. Herre, and J.D. Bever (2010) Functional specificity between Neotropical tree seedlings and their fungal mutualists: evidence for AMF- mediated plant-soil feedback. Ecology 91: 2594-2603.
- Rojas, E.I., S.A. Rehner, G.J. Samuels, S.A. Van Bael, E.A. Herre, P. Cannon, R. Chen, J. Pang, R. Wang, Y. Zhang, Y-Q. Peng, and T. Sha. (2010) Colletotrichum gloeosporioides s.l. associated with Theobroma cacao and other plants in Panama: multilocus phylogenies distinguish host-associated pathogens from asymptomatic endophytes. Mycologia 102: 1318-1338.
- Pizano, M.C., S.A. Mangan, E.A. Herre, A-H Eom, and J.W. Dalling. (2011) Above- and Belowground interactions drive habitat segregation between two cryptic species of tropical trees. Ecology 92: (1) pp 47-56.