Peer-reviewed Journal Articles


Leckie B.M., D.A. D'Ambrosio, T.M. Chappell, R. Halitschke, D.M. De Jong, A. Kessler, G.G. Kennedy, and M.A. Mutschler. 2016. Differential and synergistic functionality of acylsugars in suppressing oviposition by insect herbivores. PLoS ONE 11(4): e0153345.

Uesugi A. and A. Kessler. 2016. Herbivore release drives parallel patterns of evolutionary divergence in invasive plant phenotypes. Journal of Ecology 104: 876–886.

Uesugi A., K. Morrell, E.H. Poelman, C.E. Raaijmakers, and A. Kessler. In press. Modification of plant-induced responses by an insect ecosystem engineer influences the colonization behaviour of subsequent shelter-users. Journal of Ecology DOI: 10.1111/1365-2745.12587

Poelman E. and A. Kessler. In press. Keystone herbivores and the evolution of plant defenses. Trends in Plant Science DOI: 10.1016/j.tplants.2016.01.007

Kessler A. 2016. Introduction to a virtual special issue on plant volatiles. New Phytologist 209(4): 1333–1337.


Kessler A. 2015. The information landscape of plant constitutive and induced secondary metabolite production. Current Opinion in Insect Science 8: 47–53.

Wilson J.K., A. Kessler, and H.A. Woods. 2015. Noisy communication via airborne infochemicals, BioScience 65: 667–677.

Burdon, R.C.F, Raguso R.A., Kessler A., Parachnowitsch A.L. 2015. Spatiotemporal floral scent variation in Penstemon digitalis. Journal of Chemical Ecology 41: 641-650.

Raguso R.A., Agrawal A. A., Douglas A.E., Jander G., Kessler A., Poveda K. and Thaler J.S. 2014. The raison d'être of chemical ecology. Ecology 96(3): 617-630.

Rubin I., S.P. Ellner, A. Kessler, and K. Morell. 2015. Informed herbivore movement and plant-plant communication determine the effects of induced plant resistance in an individual-based model. Journal of Animal Ecology 84(5): 1273-1285.


Morrell K., and A. Kessler. 2014. The scent of danger - volatile-mediated information transfer and defence priming in plants. The Biochemist 36: 26–31.

Leckie B.M., R. Halitschke, D.M. De Jong, J. Smeda, A. Kessler, and M.A. Mutschler. 2014. Quantitative trait loci regulating the fatty acid profile of acylsugars in tomato. Molecular Breeding 34: 1201–1213.

Campbell S.A., R. Halitschke, J.S. Thaler, and A. Kessler. 2014. Plant mating systems affect adaptive plasticity in response to herbivory. The Plant Journal 78(3): 481–490. (cover article)

Heath J.J., A. Kessler, E. Woebbe, D. Cipollini, and J.O. Stireman III. 2014. Exploring plant defense theory in tall goldenrod, Solidago altissima. New Phytologist 202(4): 1357–1370.

Whitehead S.R., E. Reid, J. Sapp, K. Poveda, A.M. Royer, A.L. Posto and A. Kessler. 2014. A specialist herbivore uses chemical mimicry to overcome the defenses of an ant-plant mutualism. PLoS ONE 9(7): e102604.

Emmett B., E.B. Nelson, A. Kessler, and T.L. Bauerle. 2014. Fine-root system development and susceptibility to pathogen colonization. Planta 239(2): 325–340.


DeLeon S., R. Halitschke, R.S. Hames, A. Kessler, T.J. DeVoogd, and A.A. Dhondt. 2013. The effect of polychlorinated biphenyls on the song of two passerine species. PLoS ONE 8(9): e73471.

Uesugi A., E. Poelman and A. Kessler. 2013. A test of genotypic variation in specificity of herbivore-induced responses in Solidago altissima L. (Asteraceae). Oecologia 173(4): 1387–1396.

Bode R.F., R. Halitschke, and A. Kessler. 2013. Herbivore damage-induced production and specific anti-digestive function of serine and cysteine protease inhibitors in tall goldenrod, Solidago altissima L. (Asteraceae). Planta 237: 1287–1296.

Uesugi A. and A. Kessler. 2013. Herbivore-exclusion drives the evolution of plant competitiveness via increased allelopathy. New Phytologist 198: 916–924.

Campbell S. and A. Kessler. 2013. Plant mating system transitions drive the macroevolution of defense strategies. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA 110: 3973–397.

Parachnowitsch A. L., R.C.F. Burdon, A. R. Raguso, and A. Kessler. 2013. Natural selection in floral volatile production in Penstemon digitalis: highlighting the role of linalool. Plant Signaling & Behavior 8: 1–4.

Campbell S., J. Thaler, and A. Kessler. 2013. Plant chemistry underlies herbivore-mediated inbreeding depression in nature. Ecology Letters 16: 252–260.

del Campo M.L., R. Halitschke, S. M. Short, B. P. Lazzaro and A. Kessler. 2013. Dietary plant phenolic improves survival of bacterial infection in Manduca sexta caterpillars. Entomologica Experimentalis et Applicata 146: 321–331.




Poveda K. and A. Kessler. 2012. New Synthesis: Plant volatiles as functional cues in intercropping systems. Journal of Chemical Ecology 38: 1341.

Parachnowitsch A. L., C.M. Caruso, S.A. Campbell, and A. Kessler. 2012. Lobelia siphilitica plants that escape herbivory in time also have reduced latex production. PLoS ONE 7(5): e37745.

Parachnowitsch A. L., A. R. Raguso, and A. Kessler. 2012. Phenotypic selection to increase floral scent emission, but not flower size or colour in bee-pollinated Penstemon digitalis. New Phytologist 195 (3): 667–675.

Poveda K., M.I. Gómez, R. Halitschke, and A. Kessler. 2012. Overcompensating plants: their expression of resistance traits and effects on herbivore preference and performance.   Entomologia Experimentalis et Applicata 143 (3): 245–253.

Bode R.F., and A. Kessler. 2012. Herbivore Pressure on Goldenrod (Solidago altissima L., Asteraceae): Its Effects on Herbivore Resistance and Vegetative Reproduction. Journal of Ecology 100 (3): 795–801.



Halitschke R., J. Hamilton, and A. Kessler. 2011. Herbivore-induced plant vaccination. Part III: Herbivore-specific elicitation of photosynthesis as a mechanism to compensate for herbivory. New Phytologist 191: 528–535.

Kessler A. and M. Heil. 2011. The multiple faces of indirect defenses and their agents of natural selection. Functional Ecology 25: 348–357

Kessler A., R. Halitschke, and K. Poveda. 2011. Herbivory-mediated pollinator limitation: Negative impacts of induced volatiles on plant-pollinator interactions. Ecology 92: 1769–1780.




Parachnowitsch A. and A. Kessler. 2010. Pollinator-mediated natural selection in Penstemon digitalis. Plant Signaling & Behavior 5: 1688–1690.

Mooney K.A., R. Halitschke, A. Kessler, and A.A. Agrawal. 2010. Evolutionary tradeoffs in plants mediate the strength of trophic cascades. Science 327: 1642–1644.

Johnson R.H., R. Halitschke and A. Kessler. 2010. Simultaneous analysis of tissue- and genotype-specific variation in Solidago altissima (Asteraceae) rhizome terpenoids, and the polyacetylene dehydromatricaria ester. Chemoecology 20: 255–264.

Poveda K., M.I. Gómez and A. Kessler. 2010. The enemy as ally: herbivore-induced increase in crop yield. Ecological Applications 20: 1787–1793.

Parachnowitsch A.L. and A. Kessler. 2010. Pollinators exert natural selection on flower size and floral display in Penstemon digitalis. New Phytologist 188: 393–402.



Kessler A. and R. Halitschke. 2009. Testing the potential for conflicting selection on floral chemical traits by pollinators and herbivores: Predictions and case study. Functional Ecology 23: 901–912. (Cover article)





Halitschke R., J.A. Stenberg, D. Kessler, A. Kessler, and I. T. Baldwin. 2008. Shared signals - “alarm calls” from plants increase apparency to herbivores and their enemies in nature. Ecology Letters 11: 24–34

Kaplan I., R. Halitschke, A. Kessler, S. Sardanelli, and R. F. Denno. 2008. Effects of plant vascular archicture on aboveground-belowground induced responses to foliar and root herbivores in Nicotiana tabacum. Journal of Chemical Ecology 34: 1349–1359.

Kaplan I., R. Halitschke, A. Kessler, B. J. Rehill, S. Sardanelli, and R. F. Denno. 2008. Physiological integration of roots and shoots in plant defense strategies links above- and belowground herbivory. Ecology Letters 11: 841–851.

Kaplan I., R. Halitschke, A. Kessler, S. Sardenelli and R.F. Denno. 2008. Constitutive and induced defenses to herbivory in above- and belowground plant tissue. Ecology 89: 392–406.



Kessler A. and R. Halitschke. 2007. Specificity and complexity: The impact of herbivore-induced plant responses on arthropod community structure. Current Opinion in Plant Biology 10: 409–414.

Kessler A., R. Halitschke, C. Diezel, and I. T. Baldwin. 2006. Priming of plant defense responses in nature by airborne signaling between Artemisia tridentata and Nicotiana attenuata. Oecologia 148: 280–292.

Kessler A. and I. T. Baldwin. 2004. Herbivore-induced plant vaccination. Part I. The orchestration of plant defenses in nature and their fitness consequences in the wild tobacco Nicotiana attenuata. Plant Journal 38: 639–649. (Cover article)

Kessler A., R. Halitschke, and I. T. Baldwin. 2004. Silencing the jasmonate cascade: Induced plant defenses and insect populations. Science 305: 665–668.

Kessler A., R. Halitschke, and I. T. Baldwin. 2004. Ueberlebensstrategien in freier Natur. Genomxpress 4: 10–11.

Schmidt D. D., A. Kessler, D. Kessler, S. Schmidt, M. Lim, K. Gase, and I. T. Baldwin. 2004. Solanum nigrum: A model ecological expression system and its tools. Molecular Ecology 13: 981–995.

Degenhardt J., J. Gershenzon, I. T. Baldwin, and A. Kessler. 2003. Attracting friends to feast on foes: Engineering terpene emission to make crop plants more attractive to herbivore enemies. Current Opinion in Biotechnology 14: 169–176. (Cover article)

Glawe G. A., J. A. Zavala, A. Kessler, N. M. Van Dam, and I. T. Baldwin. 2003. Ecological costs and benefits correlated with trypsin protease inhibitor production in Nicotiana attenuata. Ecology 84: 79–90.

Baldwin I. T., A. Kessler, and R. Halitschke. 2002. Volatile signaling in plant-plant-herbivore interactions: What is real? Current Opinion in Plant Biology 5: 351–354.

Kessler A. and I. T. Baldwin. 2002. Manduca quinquemaculata's optimization of intra-plant oviposition to predation, food quality, and thermal constraints. Ecology 83: 2346–2354.

Kessler A. and I. T. Baldwin. 2002. Plant responses to insect herbivory: The emerging molecular analysis. Annual Review of Plant Biology 53: 299–328.

Kessler A. and I. T. Baldwin. 2002. Plant-mediated tritrophic interactions and biological pest control. AgBiotechNet 4: 1–7.

Baldwin I. T., R. Halitschke, A. Kessler, and U. Schittko. 2001. Merging molecular and ecological approaches in plant-insect interactions. Current Opinion in Plant Biology 4: 351–358.

Forstmeier W. and A. Kessler. 2001. Morphology and foraging behaviour of Siberian Phylloscopus warblers. Journal of Avian Biology 32: 127–138.

Kessler A. 2001. Der Feind meines Feindes ist mein Freund. Biologie in unserer Zeit 31: 331–332.

Kessler A. and I.T. Baldwin. 2001. Defensive function of herbivore-induced plant volatile emissions in nature. Science 291: 2141–2144.

Halitschke R., A. Kessler, J. Kahl, A. Lorenz, and I. T. Baldwin. 2000. Ecophysiological comparison of direct and indirect defenses in Nicotiana attenuata. Oecologia 124: 408–417.


Peer-reviewed book chapters


Kessler A., K. Poveda and E. Poelman. 2012. Induced plant responses and herbivore population dynamics. In P. Barbosa, D. L. Letourneau, A. Agrawal (eds.) Insect Outbreaks Revisited, John Wiley & Sons Ltd. Chichester, UK, pp 91–112.

Kessler A. and K. Morrell. 2010. Plant volatile signaling: Multitrophic interactions in the headspace. In: A. Herrmann (ed.), The Chemistry and Biology of Volatiles. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., pp. 95–122.

Kessler A. 2009. Plant defense against herbivorous insects. In: McGraw-Hill Yearbook of Science & Technology, New York, pp. 286–289.

Kessler A. 2009. Communicating plants: Ecological consequences of induced responses to herbivory. In: A. Schmitt (ed.), Induced resistance in plants against insect and diseases IOBC/WPRS Bull. 44, pp. 83–92.

Kessler A. 2006. Plant-insect interactions in the era of consolidation in biological sciences. In: M. Dicke and W. Takken (eds.), Chemical Ecology: From Gene to Ecosystem. Springer, Wageningen, pp. 19–37.


Invited book reviews 


Kessler A. 2016. Leaf Defence (by Edward E. Farmer) book review. The Quarterly Review of Biology 91: 101–102.

Kessler A. 2011. Plant defense: Warding off attack by pathogens, herbivore, and parasitic plants (by Dale R. Walters) book review. Quarterly Review of Biology 86: 356–357.

Kessler A. 2009. The ecological world view (by Charles Krebs) book review. Quarterly Review of Biology 84: 88–89.