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Publications in international Peer-Reviewed Journals


  • Korb J, Poulsen M, Hu H, Li C, Boomsma JJ, Zhang G, Liebig J (2015) A comparison of two termiteswith different social complexity. Frontiers in Genetics 6, e9.
  • Korb J (2015) Juvenile Hormone: A central regulator of termite caste polyphenism. Advances in Insect Physiology 48:131-161
  • Poulsen M et al… Korb J, Aanen DK, Wang J, Boomsma J, Zhang G (2014) Holobiomic division of labor in fungus-farming termites Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA 111:14500-14505.
  • Hoffmann K, Gowin J, Hartfelder K, Korb J (2014) The scent of royalty: a P450 gene signals reproductive status in a social insect. Molecular Biology and Evolution 31:2689-2696.
  • Terrapon N et al... Korb J*, Zhang G, Liebig L (2014) Molecular traces of alternative social organization in a termite genome. Nature Communication 5:e3636. * one of four corresponding authors
  • Korb J (2014) Robots acting locally and building globally. Science 343:742-743.
  • Schmidt A, Jacklyn P, Korb J (2014) ‘Magnetic’ termite mounds: is their unique shape an adaptation to facilitate gas exchange and improve food storage? Insectes Sociaux 61: 41-49
  • Schmidt A, Jacklyn P, Korb J (2013) Isolated in an ocean of grass: low levels of gene flow between termite subpopulations. Molecular Ecology 22: 2096-2105
  • Hoffmann K, Foster K R, Korb J (2012) Nest value mediates reproductive decision making within termite societies. Behavioral Biology 23: 1203-1208
  • Roux EA, Korb J (2012) Why join a neighbour: fitness consequences of colony fusions in termites. Journal of Evolutionary Biology 25: 2161-2170
  • Sridhar H, et al. Canales-Delgadillo J (2012) Positive relationships between association strength and phenotypic similarity characterize the assembly of mixed-species bird flocks worldwide. The American Naturalist 180 (6): 777-790
  • Canales-Delgadillo J, Scott-Morales L, Korb J (2012) The influence of habitat fragmentation on genetic diversity of a rare bird species that commonly faces environmental fluctuations. Journal of Avian Biology 43: 168-176
  • Salewski V, Canales-Delgadillo J, Flade M, Wink M, Korb J (2012) Eleven new microsatellite loci in the globally threatened Aquatic Warbler (Acrocephalus paludicola). Conservation Genetic Resources 4: 279-282
  • Korb J, Hoffmann K, Hartfelder K (2012) Molting dynamics and juvenile hormone titer profiles in the nymphal stages of a lower termite, Cryptotermes secundus (Kalotermitidae) - signatures of developmental plasticity. Journal of Insect Physiology 58: 376-383
  • Korb J, Buschmann M, Schafberg S, Liebig J, Bagnères A-G (2012) Brood care and social evolution in termites. Proceedings of the Royal Society B. doi:10.1098/rspb.2011.2639
  • Hausberger B, Kimpel D, van Neer A, Korb J (2011) Uncovering cryptic species diversity of a termite community in a West African savanna. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 61: 964-969
  • Hirschfelder, H-J, Salewski, V, Nerb, W, Korb, J (2011) Schnelle Ausbreitung einer Schwarzmeerform der Gemeinen Kahnschnecke Theodoxus fluviatilis (LINNAEUS 1758) in der bayerischen Donau. Mitt. dtsch. malakozool. Ges. 85: 1-10
  • Abbot, P et al. (137 authors) (2011) Inclusive fitness theory and eusociality. Nature 471 (7339) E1-E4. Doi 10.1038/Nature09831
  • Nobre T, Fernandes C, Boomsma J J, Korb J, Aanen D K (2011) Farming termites determine the genetic population structure of Termitomyces fungal symbionts. Mol. Ecol. 20: 2023-2033
  • Hoffmann, K, Korb J (2011) Is there conflict over direct reproduction in lower termite colonies? Animal Behaviour 81: 265-274
  • Korb J, Salewski, V (2011) Unearthening old data: Darwin was indeed correct about earthworm behavior. Evo Edu Outreach, DOI 10.1007/s12052-010-0295-0
  • Korb J, Foster K R (2010) Ecological competition favours cooperation in termite societies. Ecology Letters 13: 754-760
  • Canales-Delgadillo J, Scott-Morales L, Niehuis O, Korb J (2010) Isolation and characterization of nine microsatellite loci in the endangered Worthen's Sparrow (Spizella wortheni). Conservation Genetic Resources DOI 10.1007/s12686-010-9203-8
  • Niehuis O, Korb J (2010) Isolation and characterization of seventeen polymorphic microsatellite markers in the cleptoparasitic cuckoo wasp Hedychrum nobile (Hymenoptera: Chrysididae). Conservation Genetic Resources DOI 10.1007/s12686-009-9167-8
  • Weil T, Korb J,  Rehli M (2009) Comparison of Queen-Specific Gene Expression in Related Lower Termite Species. Mol. Biol. Evol. 26 (8): 1841-1850
  • Korb J, Weil T, Hoffmann K, Foster, K R, Rehli, M (2009) A gene necessary for reproductive suppression in Termites. Science 324: 758 (Supporting Online Marterial)
  • Korb J, Hoffmann K,  Hartfelder, K (2009) Endocrine signatures underlying plasticity in postembryonic development of a lower termite, Cryptotermes secundus (Kalotermitidae). Evolution & Development 11: 3: 269-277
  • Weil T, Hoffmann K, Kroiss J, Strohm E, Korb J (2009) Scent of a queen - cuticular hydrocarbons specific for female reproductives in lower termites. Naturwissenschaften 96: 315-319
  • Roux EA, Roux M, Korb J (2009) Selection on defensive traits in a sterile caste – caste evolution, a mechanism to overcome life-history trade-offs? Evolution & Development 11: 1: 80-87
  • Korb J (2008) Termites, hemimetabolous diploid white ants? Frontiers in Zoology 5: 15: 1-9
    Korb J, Muller H (2008) Male or female soldiers? An evaluation of several factors which may influence soldier sex ratio in lower termites. Insectes Sociaux 55: 213-219
  • Korb J, Hartfelder K (2008) Life history and development - a framework for understanding developmental plasticity in lower termites. Biological Reviews 83: 295-313
  • Korb J (2007) Termites. Current Biology 17: R995-999
  • Korb J (2007) Workers of a drywood termite do not work. Frontiers in Zoology 4: e7
  • Korb J, Heinze J (2007) Dissecting cooperation. Behavioural Processes 76: 78-80
  • Korb J, Schneider K (2007) Does kin structure explain the occurrence of workers in the lower termite Cryptotermes secundus? Evolutionary Ecology 21: 817-828
  • Salewski V, Korb J (2007) New bird records for Benin. Malimbus 29: 42-45.
  • Schmidt AM, Trindl A, Korb J (2007) Isolation and characterization of ten microsatellite loci in the magnetic termite Amitermes meridionalis (Isoptera: Termitidae). Molecular Ecology Notes: DOI 10.1111/j.1471-8286.2007.01771.x
  • Weil T, Rehli M, Korb J (2007) Molecular basis for the reproductive division of labour in a lower termite. BMC Genomics 8: 198
  • Korb J (2006) Limited food induces nepotism in drywood termites. Biology Letters 2: 364-366
  • Korb J, Fuchs A (2006) Termites and mites – adaptive behavioural responses to infestation? Behaviour 143: 891-907
  • Korb J (2005) Regulation of sexual development in termites: mutilation, pheromonal manipulation or honest signal. Naturwissenschaften 92: 45-49
  • Korb J, Katrantzis S (2004) Influence of environmental conditions on the expression of the sexual dispersal phenotype in a lower termite: Implications for the evolution of workers in termites. Evolution & Development 6: 342-352
  • Korb J, Heinze J (2004) Multilevel selection and social evolution of insect societies. Naturwissenschaften 91: 291-304
  • Korb J, Lenz M (2004) Reproductive decision-making in the termite Cryptotermes secundus (Kalotermitidae) under variable food conditions. Behavioral Ecology 15: 390-395
  • Korb J, Schmidinger S (2004) Help or disperse? Cooperation in termites influenced by food conditions. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology 56: 89-95
  • Roux EA, Korb J (2004) Evolution of eusociality and the soldier caste in termites: a validation of the intrinsic benefit hypothesis. Journal of Evolutionary Biology 6: 342-352
  • Fuchs A, Schreyer A, Feuerbach S, Korb J (2004) A new technique for termite monitoring using computer tomography and endoscopy. International Journal of Pest Management 50: 63-66
  • Korb J (2003) Thermoregulation and ventilation of termite mounds. Naturwissenschaften 90: 212-219
  • Korb J (2003) The shape of compass termite mounds and its biological significance. Insectes Sociaux 50: 218-221
  • Korb J, Aanen DK (2003) The evolution of uniparental transmission of fungus-growing termites (Macrotermitinae). Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology 53: 65-71
  • Korb J, Roux E, Lenz M (2003) Proximate factors influencing soldier development in the basal termite Cryptotermes secundus. Insectes Sociaux 50: 299-303
  • Fuchs A, Heinze J, Reber-Funk C, Korb J (2003) Isolation and characterisation of six microsatellite loci in the drywood termite Cryptotermes secundus (Kalotermitidae). Molecular Ecology Notes 3: 355-357
  • Krell F-T, Korb J, Walter P (2003) The beetle fauna of hyaena latrines: coprocenoses consisting of necrophagous beetles (Coleoptera: Trogidae, Scarabaeidae). Tropical Zoology 16: 145-152
  • Korb J, Linsenmair KE (2002) Evaluation of predation risk in the collectively foraging termite Macrotermes bellicosus. Insectes Sociaux 49: 264-269
  • Korb J, Linsenmair KE (2001) The causes of spatial patterning of mounds of a fungus-cultivating termite: results from nearest-neighbour analysis and ecological studies. Oecologia 127: 324-333
  • Korb J, Linsenmair KE (2001) Resource availability and distribution patterns, indicators of competition between Macrotermes bellicosus and other macro-detritivores in the Comoé National Park, Côte d’Ivoire. African Journal of Ecology 39: 257-265
  • Korb J (2001) Kathedralen in der Savanne: Termiten und ihre Nester. In: Nestwerk: Architektur und Lebewesen (eds. P.-R. Becker & H. Braun), Isensee, Oldenburg, pp. 122-129
  • Korb J, Linsenmair KE (2000) Ventilation of termite mounds: new results require a new model. Behavioral Ecology 11: 486-494
  • Korb J, Linsenmair KE (2000) Thermoregulation of termite mounds: what role does ambient temperature and metabolism of the colony play? Insectes Sociaux 47: 357-363
  • Korb J, Salewski V (2000) Predation on swarming termites by birds. African Journal of Ecology 38: 173-174
  • Korb J (2000) Methods to study elusive spotted hyenas in the Comoé National Park, Côte d’Ivoire. Hyaena Specialist Group Newsletter IUCN 7: 3-12
  • Salewski V, Göken F, Korb J, Schmidt S (2000) Has the White-necked Picathartes (Picathartes gymnocephalus) still a chance in Lamto, Ivory Coast? Bird Conservation International 10: 41-46
  • Korb J, Linsenmair KE (1999) The architecture of termite mounds, a result of a trade-off between thermoregulation and gas exchange? Behavioral Ecology 10: 312-316
  • Korb J, Linsenmair KE  (1999) Reproductive success of Macrotermes bellicosus (Isoptera, Macrotermitinae) in two neighbouring habitats. Oecologia118: 183-191
  • Korb J, Linsenmair KE  (1998) Experimental heating of Macrotermes bellicosus (Isoptera, Macrotermitinae) mounds: what role does microclimate play in influencing mound architecture? Insectes Sociaux 45: 335-342
  • Korb J, Linsenmair KE  (1998) The effects of temperature on the architecture and distribution of Macrotermes bellicosus (Isoptera: Macrotermitinae) mounds in different habitats of a West African Guinea savanna. Insectes Sociaux 45: 51-65
  • Salewski V, Korb J (1998) New bird records from Comoé National Park, Ivory Coast. Malimbus 20: 54-55
  • Grabow K, Korb J, Martens A, Rödel M-O (1997) The use of termite mounds by the dragonfly Crocothemis divisa Karsch 1898 during the pre-reproductive period (Odonata, Libellulidae). Tropical Zoology 10: 1-10



Top - nach oben Books and Book Chapters


  •  Korb J (2011) Termite mound architecture, from function to construction. In: Biology of Termites: A Modern Synthesis (eds. D E Bignell, Y Roisin, N Lo), Springer Press, Heidelberg, pp. 349-374
  • Roisin, Y, Korb J (2011) Social organisation and the status of workers in termites. In: Biology of Termites: A Modern Synthesis (eds. D E Bignell, Y Roisin, N Lo), Springer Press, Heidelberg, pp.  133-164
  • Korb J (2010) Invertebrate social behaviour: Social evolution in termites. In: Encyclopedia of Animal Behavior (ed. M. Breed/J. Moore), Elsevier, Oxford: 394-400
  • Korb J (2010) Social insects, major evolutionary transitions and multilevel selection. (ca. 15MB) In: Animal Behaviour: Evolution and Mechanisms (ed. P. Kappeler), Springer Press, Heidelberg, pp. 179-211
  • Korb J (2009) Termites: An Alternative Road to Eusociality and the Importance of Group Benefits in Social Insects. In: Organization of Insect Societies: From Genome to Sociocomplexity (eds. J. Gadau & J. Fewell), Harvard University Press, pp. 128-147
  • Korb J, Heinze J (2008) Ecology of Social Evolution. Edited book, Springer Publisher, Heidelberg
    Korb J (2008) The ecology of social evolution in termites. In: Ecology of Social Evolution (eds. J. Korb &  J. Heinze), Springer Press, Heidelberg, pp. 151-174
  • Korb J, Heinze J (2008) The ecology of social life: A synthesis. In: Ecology of Social Evolution (eds. J. Korb &  J. Heinze), Springer Press, Heidelberg, pp.245-259
  • Korb J (1997) Lokale und regionale Verteilung von Macrotermes bellicosus (Isoptera, Macrotermitinae): Stochastik oder Deterministik? Wissenschaft & Technik Verlag, Berlin. 158 pp


Top - nach obenOther Publications (selection, without conference papers)


  • Korb J (2014) Sozialverhalten bei Termiten. Rundgespräche der Kommission für Ökologie: Soziale Insekten in einer sich wandelnden Welt 43:31- 38
  • Hirschfelder H-J, Salewski V, Nerb W, Korb J (2011)  Schnelle Ausbreitung einer Schwarzmeerform der Gemeinen Kahnschnecke Theodoxus fluviatilis (Linnaeus 1758) in der bayerischen Donau. Mitteilungen der Deutschen Malakozoologischen Gesellschaft 85:1-10
  • Korb J (2008) Evolution von Kooperation: Termiten, die anderen sozialen Insekten. Jahrbuch der Akademie der Wissenschaften zu Göttingen
  • Korb J (2007) ‚Careers‘ in the termite colony‘. German Research (DFG) 24-28.



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