Scheifler M, Wilhelm L & Visser B. Lipid metabolism in parasitoids and their parasitized hosts. Insect Lipid Metabolism. Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology. Musselman LP, Toprak U (Eds), Springer New York.
Available on EcoEvoRxiv


Visser B & Scheifler M. Insect lipid metabolism in the presence of symbiotic and pathogenic prokaryotic microorganisms. Insect Lipid Metabolism. Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology. Musselman LP, Toprak U (Eds), Springer New York.


van Baaren J, Boivin G, Visser B*, Le Lann C*. Bet-hedging in parasitoids: when optimization is not the best strategy to cope with climatic extremes. Current Research in Insect Science. PDF
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Enriquez T & Visser B. The importance of fat accumulation and reserves for insect overwintering. Current Opinion in Insect Science 60: 101118 . PDF

Scheifler M & Visser B. Multi-stress responses depend on the microbiome in the planktonic crustacean Daphnia. Peer Community in Zoology, 100110. 10.24072/pci.zool.100110

Visser B*, Le Lann C*, Hahn, DA, Nieberding CM, Lammers M, Alborn HT, Enriquez T, Scheifler M, Harvey JA & Ellers J. Many parasitoids lack adult fat accumulation, despite fatty acid synthesis: A discussion of concepts and considerations for future research. Current Research in Insect Science 3: 100055. PDF
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Quicray M*, Wilhelm L*, Enriquez T, He S, Scheifler M & Visser B. The Drosophila-parasitizing wasp Leptopilina heterotoma: A comprehensive model system in ecology and evolution. Ecology and Evolution 13: e9625. PDF
*co-first authors

Ismail M, Visser B, Dupuis A, Hance T & Albittar L. Phenology of the black bean aphid, Aphis fabae, on organic crops and top-down effects of parasitoid communities. Agricultural and Forest Entomology 25: 323-335. PDF

Holveck M-J*, Muller D*, Visser B, Timmermans A, Colonval L, Jan F, Crucifix M & Nieberding CM. Warmer temperatures result in maladaptive learning of sexual preferences. Functional Ecology 37: 358-371. PDF
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Supplementary data is available here

This article featured in the press in French by Le Soir, L’Avenir, msn, Proximus, RTBF, Daily Science and Le Vif and in English in The Brussels Times.


Nieberding CM, Beldade P, Baumlé V, San Martin G, Arun A, Lognay G, Montagné N, Bastin-Héline L, Jacquin-Joly E, Noirot C, Klopp C & Visser B. Mosaic evolution of molecular pathways for sex pheromone communication in a butterfly.  Genes  13: 1372. PDF
Supplementary information is available here

Enriquez T, Lievens V, Nieberding CM & Visser B. Pupal size as a proxy for lipid content in laboratory-reared and field-collected Drosophila species. Scientific Reports 12: 12855. PDF

Nieberding CM, Kaisin A & Visser B. Inbreeding and learning affect fitness and colonization of new host plants, a behavioral innovation in the spider mite Tetranychus urticae. Entomologia Generalis 42: 531-538. PDF


Nieberding CM, Marcantonio M, Voda R, Enriquez T & Visser B. The evolutionary relevance of social learning and transmission of behaviors in non-social arthropods with a focus on oviposition-related behaviors. Genes 12: 1466. PDF.

Visser B, Alborn HT, Rondeaux S, Haillot M, Rebar D, Hance T, Riederer JM, Tiso S, Eldijk TJB, Weissing FJ & Nieberding CM. Phenotypic plasticity explains apparent reverse evolution of fat synthesis in parasitic wasps. Scientific Reports 11: 7751. PDF
Experimental data described in this paper are available here.
Data for the simulation study are available here.

Visser B.  Multi-gene and lineage comparative assessment of the strength of selection in Hymenoptera. Peer Community in Evolutionary Biology, 100120.
10.24072/pci.evolbiol.100120. PDF.

Le Lann C, van Baaren J & Visser B. Dealing with predictable and unpredictable temperatures in a climate change context: the case of parasitoids and their hosts Journal of Experimental Biology 224: jeb238626. PDF.


Harvey JA, de Haan L, Verdeny-Vilalta O, Visser B & Gols R. Reproduction and offspring sex ratios differ markedly among closely related hyperparasitoids living in the same microhabitats. Journal of Insect Behavior 32: 243-251. PDF

Albittar L, Ismail M, Lohaus G, Ameline A, Visser B, Bragard C & Hance T. Bottom-up regulation of a tritrophic system by Beet yellows virus infection: consequences for aphid-parasitoid foraging behaviour and development. Oecologia 191: 113-125. PDF


Visser B, Dublon IAN, Heuskin S, Laval F, Bacquet PMB, Lognay G & Nieberding CM. Common practice solvent extraction does not reflect actual emission of a sex pheromone during butterfly courtship. Available on bioRxiv. PDF. Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution 6: article 154. PDF

Nieberding CM, San Martin G, Saenko S, Allen CE, Brakefield PM & Visser B. Sexual selection contributes to partial restoration of phenotypic robustness in a butterfly. Scientific Reports 8:14315. PDF

Harvey JA, Visser BLammers M, Mariën J, Gershenzon J, Ode P, Heinen R, Gols R & Ellers J.  Ant-like traits in wingless parasitoids repel attack from wolf spiders. Journal of Chemical Ecology 44: 894–904. PDF

Visser B, Hance T, Noel C, Pels C, Kimura MT, Stokl J, Geuverink E & Nieberding CM. Variation in lipid synthesis, but genetic homogeneity, among Leptopilina parasitic wasp populations. Ecology and Evolution 8: 7355-7364. PDF

Nieberding CM & Visser B. Incestuous insects in nature despite occasional fitness costs. Peer Community in Evolutionary Biology 100047: 10.24072/pci.evolbiol.100047. PDF

Visser B, Williams CM, Hahn DA, Short CA, López-Martínez G. Hormetic benefits of prior anoxia exposure in buffering anoxia stress in a soil-pupating insect. Journal of Experimental Biology 221: jeb167825. PDF


Malcicka M*, Visser B* & Ellers J. An evolutionary perspective on linoleic acid synthesis in animals. Evolutionary Biology 45: 15-26. PDF
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Muller D, Giron D, Desouhant E, Rey B, Casas J, Lefrique N & Visser B. Maternal age affects offspring nutrient dynamics. Journal of Insect Physiology 101: 123-131. PDF

Visser B, Willett DS, Harvey JA & Alborn HT. Concurrence in the ability for lipid synthesis between life stages in insects. Royal Society Open Science 4: 160815. PDF

Harvey JA, Essens TA, Las RA, van Veen C, Visser B, Ellers J, Heinen R & Gols R. Honey and honey-based sugars partially affect reproductive trade-offs in parasitoids exhibiting different life history and reproductive strategies. Journal of Insect Physiology 98: 134-140. PDF


Visser B, Le Lann C, Snaas H, Verdeny-Vilalta O & Harvey JA. Divergent life history strategies in congeneric hyperparasitoids. Evolutionary Ecology 30: 535-549. PDF


Malcicka M, Bezemer TM, Visser B, Bloemberg M, Snart C, Hardy ICW & Harvey JA. Multi-trait mimicry of ants by a parasitoid wasp. Scientific Reports 5: 8043. PDF

Harvey JA, Gols R, Snaas H, Malcicka M & Visser B. Host preference and offspring performance are linked in three congeneric hyperparasitoid species. Ecological Entomology 40: 114-122. PDF


Harvey JA, Snaas H, Visser B & Bezemer TM. Small-scale spatial resource partitioning in a hyperparasitoid community. Arthropod-Plant Interactions 8: 393-401. PDF

Le Lann C, Visser B, Mériaux M, Moiroux J, van Baaren J, van Alphen JJM & Ellers J. Rising temperature reduces divergence in resource use strategies in coexisting parasitoid species. Oecologia 174: 967-977. PDF

Visser B, Le Lann C, Snaas H, Hardy ICW & Harvey JA. Consequences of resource competition for sex allocation and discriminative behaviors in a hyperparasitoid wasp. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology 68: 105-113. PDF

Harvey JA, Visser B, Le Lann C, de Boer J, Ellers J & Gols R. Convergence and divergence in direct and indirect life-history traits of closely related parasitoids (Braconidae: Microgastrinae). Evolutionary Biology 41: 134-144. PDF


Visser B, van Dooremalen C, Vázquez Ruiz A & Ellers J. Fatty acid composition remains stable across trophic levels in a gall wasp community. Physiological Entomology 38: 306-312. PDF

van der Sluijs I, Dijkstra PD, Lindeyer CM, Visser B, Smith AM, Groothuis, TGG, van Alphen JJM & Seehausen O. A test of genetic association among male nuptial coloration, female mating preference, and male aggression bias within a polymorphic population of cichlid fish. Current Zoology 59: 221-229. PDF


Visser B, Roelofs D, Hahn DA, Teal PEA, Mariën J & Ellers J. Transcriptional changes associated with lack of lipid synthesis in parasitoids. Genome Biology and Evolution 4: 752-762. PDF

Ellers J, Kiers ET, Currie CR, McDonald BR & Visser B. Ecological interactions drive evolutionary loss of traits. Ecology Letters 15: 1071-1082. PDF

Harvey JA, Cloutier J, Visser B, Ellers J, Wäckers FL & Gols R. The effect of different dietary sugars and honey on longevity and fecundity in two hyperparasitoid wasps. Journal of Insect Physiology 58: 816-823. PDF

Visser B & Ellers J. Effects of a lipid-rich diet on adult parasitoid income resources and survival. Biological Control 60: 119-122. PDF

Le Lann C, Visser B, van Baaren J, Van Alphen JJM & Ellers J. Comparing resource exploitation and allocation of two closely related aphid parasitoids sharing the same host. Evolutionary Ecology 26: 79-94. PDF

Visser B. Parasitism and the evolutionary loss of lipogenesis. PhD thesis, VU University Amsterdam, the Netherlands. PDF


Ellers J, Ruhé B & Visser B. Discriminating between energetic content and dietary composition as an explanation for caloric restriction effects. Journal of Insect Physiology 57: 1670-1676. PDF


Visser B, Le Lann C, den Blanken FJ, Harvey JA, van Alphen JJM & Ellers J. Loss of lipid synthesis as an evolutionary consequence of a parasitic lifestyle. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the USA 107: 8677-8682. PDF


Visser B & Ellers J. Lack of lipogenesis in parasitoids: A review of physiological mechanisms and evolutionary implications. Journal of Insect Physiology 54: 1315-1322. PDF