Head of the Chair

Peter is interested in social evolution and the evolution of mutualisms. Apart from the projects of the group, he is working on the ecological drivers of insect-fungus mutualisms and Darwinian agriculture. The latter tries to apply evolutionary processes to human agriculture and studies what humans can learn from farming insects for more sustainable agriculture. His main models are fungus-farming ambrosia beetles.


Email: peter.biedermann[at]
Phone: +49 761/203 54111

Consultation hours tuesdays 8:30-12:00 am, please book here

ORCID ID: 0000-0003-4234-5659
Scopus ID: 24334393600
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Selected publications

Schebeck M, Schopf A, Ragland GJ, Stauffer C, and Biedermann PHW. 2022. ‘Evolutionary ecology of the bark beetles Ips typographus and Pityogenes chalcographus’. Bulletin of Entomological Research. doi: 10.1017/S0007485321000353.

Diehl JMC, Kowallik V, Keller A, and Biedermann PHW. 2022. ‘First experimental evidence for active farming in ambrosia beetles and strong heredity of garden microbiomes’. bioRxiv. doi: 10.1101/2022.07.27.501732

Mayers CG, Harrington T, and Biedermann PHW. 2022. ‘Mycangia Define the Diverse Ambrosia Beetle-Fungus Symbioses’. Pp. 105–42 in The convergent evolution of agriculture in humans and insects.

Lehenberger M, Foh N, Göttlein A, Six D, and Biedermann PHW. 2021. ‘Nutrient-Poor Breeding Substrates of Ambrosia Beetles Are Enriched With Biologically Important Elements’. Frontiers in Microbiology 12:927. doi: 10.3389/fmicb.2021.664542.

Ibarra-Juarez LA., Burton MAJ, Biedermann PHW, Cruz L, Desgarennes D, Ibarra-Laclette E, Latorre A, Alonso-Sánchez A, Villafan E, Hanako-Rosas G, López L, Vázquez-Rosas-Landa M, Carrion G, Carrillo D, Moya A, and Lamelas A. 2020. ‘Evidence for Succession and Putative Metabolic Roles of Fungi and Bacteria in the Farming Mutualism of the Ambrosia Beetle Xyleborus Affinis’. MSystems 5(5):e00541-20. doi: 10.1128/mSystems.00541-20.

Biedermann PHW., and Vega FE. 2020. ‘Ecology and Evolution of Insect–Fungus Mutualisms’. Annual Review of Entomology 65(1):431–55. doi: 10.1146/annurev-ento-011019-024910.

Biedermann PHW, Müller J, Grégoire J, Gruppe A, Hagge J, Hammerbacher A, Hofstetter RW, Kandasamy D, Kolarik M, Kostovcik M, Krokene P, Sallé A, Six D, Turrini T, Vanderpool D, Wingfield MJ, and Bässler C. 2019. ‘Bark Beetle Population Dynamics in the Anthropocene: Challenges and Solutions’. Trends in Ecology & Evolution 34(10):914–24. doi: 10.1016/j.tree.2019.06.002.

Ranger CM, Biedermann PHW (shared first authorship), Phuntumart V, Beligala GU, Ghosh S, Palmquist DE, Mueller R, Barnett J, Schultz PB, Reding ME, and Benz JP. 2018. ‘Symbiont Selection via Alcohol Benefits Fungus Farming by Ambrosia Beetles’. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences115(17):4447–52. doi: 10.1073/pnas.1716852115.

Birkemoe T, Jacobsen RM, Sverdrup-Thygeson A, and Biedermann PHW. 2018. ‘Insect-Fungus Interactions in Dead Wood Systems’. Pp. 377–427 in Saproxylic Insects: Diversity, Ecology and Conservation, Zoological Monographs, edited by M. D. Ulyshen. Heidelberg: Springer International Publishing.

Biedermann PHW and Rohlfs M. 2017. ‘Evolutionary Feedbacks between Insect Sociality and Microbial Management’. Current Opinion in Insect Science 22:92–100. doi: 10.1016/j.cois.2017.06.003.

Kirkendall LR, Biedermann PHW, and Jordal BH. 2015. ‘Evolution and Diversity of Bark and Ambrosia Beetles’. Pp. 85–156 in Bark Beetles, edited by F. E. Vega and R. W. Hofstetter. San Diego: Academic Press. (book chapter)

Biedermann PHW, and Taborsky M. 2011. ‘Larval Helpers and Age Polyethism in Ambrosia Beetles’. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 108(41):17064–69. doi: 10.1073/pnas.1107758108.

Biedermann PHW, Klepzig KD, and Taborsky M. 2009. ‘Fungus Cultivation by Ambrosia Beetles: Behavior and Laboratory Breeding Success in Three Xyleborine Species’. Environmental Entomology38(4):1096–1105. doi: 10.1603/022.038.0417.