Michael Lattorff

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InstitutionInternatinal Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology (icipe)
off Thika Road, Duduville Campus
P.O.Box 30772-00100
Postal addressoff Thika Road
 P.O.Box 30772
Nairobi County
Office phone+254-230-8632066
Job /  professional statusProfessor/Lecturer
Preferred COLOSS theme(s)   Pests & Pathogens,Diversity & Conservation,Environment
COLOSS Project(s)   Monitoring
COLOSS Taskforce(s)   Sustainable bee breeding
Research interestshost-parasite intercation
 bumblebee population genetics
 genetics of disease resistance
 immun system function
 social immunity
PublicationsDoublet V, Poeschl Y, Gogol-Döring A, Alaux C, AnnosciaD, Aurori C, Barribeau SM, Bedoya-Reina OC, Brown MJF, Bull JC, Flenniken ML, Galbraith DA, Genersch E, Gisder S, Grosse I, Holt HL, Hultmark D, Lattorff HMG, Le Conte Y, Manfredini F, McMahon DP, Moritz RFA, Nazzi F, Niño EL, Nowick K, van Rij RP, Paxton RJ, Grozinger CM 2017. Unity in defence: honeybee workers exhibit conserved molecular responses to diverse pathogens. BMC Genomics 18: 207.

Helbing S, Lattorff HMG, Moritz RFA, Buttstedt A 2017. Comparative analyses of the major royal jelly protein gene cluster in three Apis species with long amplicon sequencing. DNA Res doi: 10.1093/dnares/dsw064

Aumer D, Allsopp MH, Lattorff HMG, Moritz RFA, Jarosch-Perlow A 2017. Inheritance of thelytoky in Cape honeybees (A. m. capensis Esch.) under control of a single recessive locus. Apidologie doi: 10.1007/s13592-016-0484-0.

Lattorff HMG, Popp M, Parsche S, Helbing S, Erler S 2016. Effective population size as a driver for divergence of an antimicrobial peptide (Hymenoptaecin) in two common European bumblebee species. Biol J Linn Soc 119: 299-310.

Lattorff HMG, Moritz RFA 2016. Context dependent bias in honeybee queen selection: swarm versus emergency queens. Behav Ecol Sociobiol 70: 1411-1417.

Fouks B, Lattorff HMG 2016. Contrasting evolutionary rates between social and parasitic bumblebees for three social effect genes. Front Ecol Evol 4: 64.

Helbing S, Lattorff HMG 2016. Patterns of molecular evolution of RNAi genes in social and socially parasitic bumblebees. Infect Genet Evol 42: 53-59.

Sadd BM, Barribeau SM, …, Kraus FB, Lattorff HMG, Leask M, …, Schmid-Hempel P, Worley KC 2015. The genomes of two key bumblebee species with primitive eusocial organisation. Genome Biol 16: 76.

Barribeau, SM, Sadd BM, …, Helbing S, Karaus E, Lattorff HMG, Marxer, M, Meeus I, …, Zbodnov EM, Schmid-Hempel P 2015. A depauperate immune repertoire precedes evolution of sociality in bees. Genome Biol 16: 83.

Lattorff HMG, Buchholz J, Fries I, Moritz RFA 2015. A selective sweep in a Varroa destructor resistant honeybee (Apis mellifera) population. Infect Genet Evol 31: 169-176.

Erler S, Lhomme P, Rasmont P, Lattorff HMG 2013. Rapid evolution of antimicrobial peptide genes in an insect host-social parasite system. Infect Genet Evol 23: 129-137.

Huang Q, Lattorff HMG, Kryger P, Le Conte Y, Moritz RFA 2014. A selective sweep in a Nosema tolerant honeybee population, Apis mellifera. Anim Genet 45: 267-273.

Huang Q, Kryger P, Le Conte Y, Lattorff HMG, Kraus FB, Moritz RFA 2014. Four quantitative trait loci associated with low Nosema ceranae (Microsporidia) spore load in the honeybee Apis mellifera. Apidologie 45: 248–256.

Fouks B, Lattorff HMG 2014. Comparison of two molecular diagnostic tools for the quantification of Crithidia bombi, a parasite of bumblebees. Entomol Exp Appl 150: 191-197.

Fouks B, Lattorff HMG 2013. Social scent marks do not improve avoidance of parasites in foraging bumblebees. J Exp Biol 216: 285-291.

Popp M, Erler S, Lattorff HMG 2012. Seasonal variability of prevalence and occurrence of multiple infections shapes the population structure of Crithidia bombi, an intestinal parasite of bumblebees (Bombus spp.). MicrobiolOpen 1: 362-372.

Erler S, Popp M, Wolf S, Lattorff HMG 2012. Sex, horizontal transmission and multiple hosts prevent local adaptation of Crithidia bombi, a parasite of bumblebees (Bombus sp.). Ecol Evol 2: 930-940.

Richter J, Helbing S, Erler S, Lattorff HMG 2012. Social context dependent immune gene expression in bumblebees (Bombus terrestris). Behav Ecol Sociobiol 66: 791-796.

Erler S, Lommatzsch S, Lattorff HMG 2012. Comparative analysis of detection limits and specificity of molecular diagnostic markers for three pathogens (Microsporidia, Nosema spp.) in the key pollinators Apis mellifera and Bombus terrestris. Parasitol Res 110: 1403-1410.

Fouks B, Lattorff HMG 2011. Recognition and avoidance of contaminated flowers by foraging bumblebees (Bombus terrestris). PLoS ONE 6: e26328.

Erler S, Popp M, Lattorff HMG 2011. Dynamics of Immune System Gene Expression upon Bacterial Challenge and Wounding in a Social Insect (Bombus terrestris). PLoS ONE 6: e18126.

Popp M, Lattorff HMG 2011. A quantitative in vitro cultivation technique to determine cell number and growth rates in strains of Crithidia bombi (Trypanosomatidae), a parasite of bumblebees. J Eukaryot Microbiol 58: 7-10 (Erratum 58: 273).

Erler S, Lattorff HMG 2010. The degree of parasitism of the bumblebee (Bombus terrestris) by cuckoo bumblebees (Bombus (Psithyrus) vestalis). Insectes Soc 57: 371-377.