The team’s publications on ants and their relationships with other organisms


Csata, E., Timuș, N., Witek, M., Casacci, L. P., Lucas, C., Bagneres, A-G., Sztencel-Jablonka, A., Barbero, F., Bonelli, S., Rákosy, L., Markó, B. (2017) Lock-picks: fungal infection facilitates the intrusion of strangers into ant colonies. Scientific Reports 7:46323.

Tăușan, I., Duber, J., Trică, M. R., Markó, B. (2017) Succesion in ant communities (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) in deciduous forest clear-cuts – an Eastern European case study. European Journal of Entomology 114: 92-100.

Csata, E., Bernadou, A., Rákosy-Tican, E., Heinze, J., Markó, B. (2017) The effects of fungal infection and physiological condition on the locomotory behaviour of the ant Myrmica scabrinodis. Journal of Insect Physiology 98: 167-172.

Osváth-Ferencz, M., Bonelli, S., Nowicki, P., Peregovits, L., Rákosy, L., Sielezniew, M., Kostro-Ambroziak, A., Dziekanska, I., Kőrösi, Á. (2017) Population demography of the endangered large blue butterfly Maculinea arion in Europe. Journal of Insect Conservation 21:411-422.


Witek, M., Slipinski, P., Trigos Peral, G., Csata, E. (2016) Consequences of the arms race between Maculinea teleius social parasite and Myrmica host ants for myrmecophilous butterfly conservation. Journal of Insect Conservation 20:887-893. 

Német, E., Czekes, Zs., Markó, B., Rákosy, L. (2016) Host plant preference in the protected myrmecophylous Transylvanian Blue (Pseudophilotes bavius hungarica) butterfly (Lepidoptera: Lycaenidae) and its relationship with potential ant partners. Journal of Insect Conservation  20:765-772. 

Német, E., Ruprecht, E., Gallé, R., Markó, B. (2016) Abandonment of crop lands leads to different recovery patterns for ant and plant communities in Eastern Europe. Community Ecology 17:79-87.

Trigos Peral, G., Markó, B., Babik, H., Tăușan, I., Maák, I., Pálfi, Zs., Ślipiński, P., Czekes, Zs., Czechowski, W. (2016) Differential impact of two dominant Formica ant species (Hymenoptera, Formicidae) on subordinates in temperate Europe. Journal of Hymenoptera Research 50:97–116.

Markó, B., Csata, E., Erős, K., Német, E., Czekes, Zs., Rózsa, L. (2016) Distribution of the myrmecoparasitic fungus Rickia wasmannii (Ascomycota: Laboulbeniales) across colonies, individuals, and body parts of Myrmica scabrinodis. Journal of Invertebrate Pathology 136:74–80.

Osváth-Ferencz, M., Czekes, Zs., Molnár, Gy., Markó, B., Vizauer, T-Cs., Rákosy, L., Nowicki, P. (2016) Adult population ecology and egg laying strategy in the ‘cruciata‘ ecotype of the endangered butterfly Maculinea alcon (Lepidoptera: Lycaenidae). Journal of Insect Conservation 20:255-264.


Báthori, F., Csata, E. & Tartally, A. (2015) Rickia wasmannii increases the need for water in Myrmica scabrinodis (Ascomycota: Laboulbeniales; Hymenoptera: Formicidae). – Journal of Invertebrate Pathology 126: 78–82.


Csata, E., Erős, K., Markó, B. (2014) Effects of the ectoparasitic fungus Rickia wasmannii (Ascomycetes: Laboulbeniales) on its host Myrmica scabrinodis (Hymenoptera: Formicidae): changes in host mortality and behavior.Insectes Sociaux 61: 247–252.

Witek, M., Barbero, F., Markó, B. (2014) Myrmica ants host highly diverse parasitic communities: from social parasites to microbes. Insectes Sociaux 61: 307-323.


Csata, E., Czekes, Zs., Erős, K., Német, E., Hughes, M., Csősz, S. & Markó, B. (2013) Comprehensive survey of Romanian myrmecoparasitic fungi: new species, biology and distribution. – North-Western Journal of Zoology 9(1): 23–29.

Csata, E. (2013) Egy különleges rovarparazita gombarend: a Laboulbenia-félék (Ascomycota: Laboulbeniales). – Acta Scientarum TransylvanicaBiologia 20(1): 14–32. (in Hungarian)


Csősz, S., Lapeva-Gjonova, A. & Markó, B. (2012) New data on the geographical distribution and host utilization of entomopathogenic fungus Myrmicinosporidium durum. – Journal of Insect Science 12: 1–5.



Selected list of publications on ant-fungi interactions

Araújo, J.P.M., Evans, H.C., Geiser, D.M., Mackay, W.P. & Hughes, D.P. (2015). Unravelling the diversity behind the Ophiocordyceps unilateralis (Ophiocordycipitaceae) complex: Three new species of zombie-ant fungi from the Brazilian Amazon. Phytotaxa 220 (3): 224–238.

Báthori, F., Pfliegler, W.P. & Tartally, A. (2014). First records of the myrmecophilous fungus Laboulbenia camponoti Batra (Ascomycetes: Laboulbeniales) from Austria and Romania. Sociobiology 61 (3): 338–340.

Bezděčka, P. & Bezděčková, K. (2011). First record of the myrmecophilous fungus Rickia wasmannii (Ascomycetes: Laboulbeniales) in Slovakia. Folia faunistica 16: 71–72.

Boer, P. (2008). Observations of summit disease in Formica rufa Linnaeus, 1761 (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Myrmecological News 11: 63–66.

Buschinger, A., Beibl, J., D’Ettorre, P. & Ehrhardt, W. (2004). Recent records of Myrmicinosporidium durum Hölldobler, 1933, a fungal parasite of ants, with first record north of the Alps after 70 years. Myrmecologische Nachrichten 6: 9–12.

Cavara, F. (1899). Di una nuova Laboulbeniacea, Rickia wasmannii, nov. gen. et nov. spec. Revue Mycologique 22: 155–156.

Chapuisat, M., Oppliger, A., Magliano, P. & Christe, P. (2007). Wood ants use resin to protect themselves against pathogens. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London B: Biological Sciences 274 (1621): 2013–2017.

Espadaler, X. & Santamaria, S. (2012). Ecto- and endoparasitic fungi on ants from the Holartic Region. Psyche: 1–10.

Haelewaters, D. (2012). The first record of Laboulbeniales (Fungi, Ascomycota) on Ants (Hymenoptera, Formicidae) in The Netherlands. 4: 65–69.

Haelewaters, D., van Wielink, P., van Zuijlen, J.W., Verbeken, A. & De Kesel, A. (2012). New records of Laboulbeniales (Fungi, Ascomycota) for the Netherlands. Entomologische berichten 72: 175–183.

Haelewaters, D., Boer, P. & Noordijk, J. (2015). Studies of Laboulbeniales (Fungi, Ascomycota) on Myrmica ants: Rickia wasmannii in the Netherlands. Journal of Hymenoptera Research doi: 10.3897.

Harwood, J.D., Ricci, C., Romani, R., Pitz, K.M., Weir, A. & Obrycki, J.J. (2006). Prevalence and association of the laboulbenialean fungus Hesperomyces virescens (Laboulbeniales: Laboulbeniaceae) on coccinellid hosts (Coleoptera: Coccinellidae) in Kentucky, USA. European Journal of Entomology 103: 799–804.

Herraiz, J.A. & Espadaler, X. (2007). Laboulbenia formicarum (Ascomycota, Laboulbeniales) reaches the Mediterranean. Sociobiology 50 (2): 449–455.

Lapeva-Gjonova, A. & Santamaría, S. (2011). First records of Laboulbeniales (Acomycota) on ants (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) in Bulgaria. ZooNotes 22: 1–6.

Marikovsky, P.I. (1962). On some features of behavior of the ants Formica rufa L. infected with fungous disease. Insectes Sociaux, 9 (2), 173–179.

Nalepa, A.C. & Weir, A. (2007). Infection of Harmonia axyridis (Coleoptera: Coccinellidae) by Hesperomyces virescens (Ascomycetes: Laboulbeniales): Role of mating status and aggregation behavior. Journal of Invertebrate Pathology 94: 196–203.

Santamaría, S. & Espadaler, X., (2015). Rickia lenoirii, a new ectoparasitic species, with comments on world Laboulbeniales associated with ants. Mycoscience 56 (2): 224–229.

Tartally, A., Szőcs, B. & Ebsen, J.R. (2007). The first records of Rickia wasmannii Cavara, 1899, a myrmecophilous fungus, and its Myrmica Latreille, 1804 host ants in Hungary and Romania (Ascomycetes: Laboulbeniales; Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Myrmecological News 10: 123.

Tragust, S., Feldhaar, H., Espadaler, X. & Pedersen, J.S. (2015). Rapid increase of the parasitic fungus Laboulbenia formicarum in supercolonies of the invasive garden ant Lasius neglectus. Biological Invasions doi: 10.1007/s10530-015-0917-0.

Weir, A. (1998). Notes on the Laboulbeniales of Sulawesi. The genus Rickia. Mycological Research 102 (3): 327–343.

Weir, A. & Hammond, P.M. (1997). Laboulbeniales on beetles: host utilization patterns and species richness of the parasites. Biodiversity & Conservation 6 (5): 701–719.