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  • Ivens, A.B.F., Gadau, A., Kiers, E.T., Kronauer. D.J.C. 2018. Can social partnerships influence the microbiome? Insights from ant farmers and their trophobiont mutualists. Molecular Ecology. 00:1–17. DOWNLOAD

  • Ivens, A.B.F.*, von Beeren, C.*, Blüthgen, N, Kronauer D.J.C. 2016. Studying the complex communities of ants and their symbionts using ecological network analysis. Annual Review of Entomology, 61, 353–371. DOWNLOAD

  • Ivens, A.B.F. 2015 Cooperation and conflict in ant (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) farming mutualisms – a review. Myrmecological News, 21, 19-36. DOWNLOAD

  • Werner, G.D.A., Strassmann, J.E., Ivens, A.B.F., Engelmoer, D., Verbruggen, E., Queller, D., Noë, R., Hammerstein, P., Johnson, N.C., Kiers, E.T. 2014 Evolution of microbial markers. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 111, 1237–1244. Cover story DOWNLOAD

  • Ivens, A.B.F., The evolutionary ecology of mutualism. PhD thesis. 2012, University of Groningen. ISBN 978-90-367-5828-4. DOWNLOAD PHD THESIS

  • Ivens, A.B.F., van de Sanden, M., Bakker, J. 2012 MLGsim 2.0: updated software for detecting clones from microsatellite data using a simulation approach. In: Ivens, A.B.F. 2012 PhD thesis DOWNLOAD SOFTWARE

  • Ivens, A.B.F., Kronauer, D.J.C., Pen, I., Weissing, F.J., Boomsma, J.J. 2012b Dispersal and reproduction in an ant-associated root aphid community. Molecular Ecology, 21, 4257-4269. DOWNLOAD

  • Ivens, A.B.F., Kronauer D.J.C., Pen I, Weissing F.J., Boomsma J.J. 2012a Ants farm subterranean aphids mostly in single clone groups – an example of prudent husbandry for carbohydrates and proteins? BMC Evolutionary Biology, 12, 106. DOWNLOAD

  • Ivens, A.B.F., Kronauer, D.J.C., Boomsma, J.J. 2011 Characterisation and cross-amplification of polymorphic microsatellite loci in ant-associated root-aphids. Conservation Genetics Resources, 3, 73-77. DOWNLOAD

  • Ivens, A.B.F., Nash, D.R., Poulsen, M., Boomsma, J.J. 2009b Caste-specific symbiont policing by workers of Acromyrmex fungus-growing ants. Behavioral Ecology, 20, 378-384. DOWNLOAD

  • Ivens, A.B.F., Shuker, D.M., Beukeboom, L.W., Pen, I. 2009a Host acceptance and sex allocation of Nasonia wasps in response to conspecifics and heterospecifics. Proceedings of the Royal Society B-Biological Sciences, 276, 3663-3669. DOWNLOAD

Academic Publications 


Science writing for a general audience


  • Ivens, A.B.F. (2021) Book review: The wonderful wisdom of ants by Philip Bunting. Myrmecological News

  • Ivens, A.B.F. (2021) Boekrecensie: De wereldse wijsheid van de mier door Philip Bunting. Entomologische Berichten 81 (1): 38 39 DOWNLOAD  

  • Ivens, A.B.F. (2020) Boekrecensie: De wereldse wijsheid van de mier door Philip Bunting. Forum Formicidarum 21 (3): 25-26 DOWNLOAD  

  • Ivens, A.B.F. (2020) In negen stappen naar je doel. Boekbespreking: “Schrijven met impact” door Ann de Ron. SciCommNL

  • Ivens, A.B.F. (2018) A whole lot of zombies: parasitic manipulation in ants. Myrmecological News Blog

  • Ivens, A.B.F. (2018) Ondergrondse veehouderij door mieren: een model voor samenwerking in de natuur. Forum Formicidarum 19 (1):11-15.DOWNLOAD

  • Ivens, A.B.F. (2016) Trouble at the farm: a new case of thief ants stealing the gardens of fungus-growing ants. Insectes Sociaux Science Blog 

  • Ivens, A.B.F. & van Duin, S. (2016) Kan een mier van kolonie veranderen? Quest

  • Ivens, A.B.F. (2015) Stronger Together!

  • Ivens, A.B.F. (2015) Answer to ESEB Friday Question: What are the problems faced today in defining species and new taxa? For example, are wolves and dogs the same species or not? 

  • De Groot, H. and Ivens, A.B.F. (2015) Fluorescerend konijn. In: Onze tijd ~ Welke kunst raakt je? Ed.: Schippers, T. and Klaassen, D. BUY IT HERE

  • Ivens, A.B.F. (2014) Unravelling a mutualistic ant-homopteran-microbe network. Barcode Bulletin, 5(3), 14-15 DOWNLOAD

  • de Landgraaf, L., Ivens, A.B.F., Westhoek, A. (2012) Kweek je eigen wortelen met fosfor uit afval. NRC Handelsblad. DOWNLOAD

  • Ivens, A.B.F. (2012) Mieren kweken bladluisklonen in ondergrondse kamertjes.

  • Ivens, A.B.F. (2011) Ondergrondse veehouderij op Schiermonnikoog.

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