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Müller, A., Brehm, J., Völkl, M., Jérôme, V., Laforsch, C., Freitag, R., Greiner, A.: Disentangling biological effects of primary nanoplastics from dispersion paints' additional compounds. Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety, 242, No. 113877 (2022).

Rolf, M., Laermanns, H., Kienzler, L., Pohl, C., Möller, J., Laforsch, C., Löder, M., Bogner, C.: Flooding frequency and floodplain topography determine abundance of microplastics in an alluvial Rhine soil. Science of the Total Environment, 836, No. 155141 (2022).

Steibl, S., Gebauer, G., Laforsch, C.: Impacts on food web properties of island invertebrate communities vary between different human land uses. Science of the Total Environment, 831(34), No. 154838 (2022).

Schirmer, E., Ritschar, S., Ochs, M., Laforsch, C., Schuster, S., Römpp, A.: MALDI mass spectrometry imaging workflow for the aquatic model organisms Danio rerio and Daphnia magna. Scientific Reports, 12(1), No. 7288 (2022).

Ritschar, S., Hüftlein, F., Schell, L., Brehm, J., Laforsch, C.: Taking advantage of transparency : A proof-of-principle for the analysis of the uptake of labeled microplastic particles by organisms of different functional feeding guilds using an adapted CUBIC protocol. Science of the Total Environment, 832, No. 154922 (2022).

Wilde, M., Brehm, J., Schwarzer, M., Stöckl, J., Laforsch, C., Fröhlich, T.: Improving the proteome coverage of Daphnia magna : implications for future ecotoxicoproteomics studies. Proteomics, No. 2100289 (2022).

Wieland, S., Balmes, A., Bender, J., Kitzinger, J., Meyer, F., Ramsperger, A., Roeder, F., Tengelmann, C., Wimmer, B., Laforsch, C., Kress, H.: From properties to toxicity : comparing microplastics to other airborne microparticles. Journal of Hazardous Materials, 428, 128151 (2022).

Hufnagl, B., Stibi, M., Martirosyan, H., Wilczek, U., Möller, J., Löder, M., Laforsch, C., Lohninger, H.: Computer-Assisted Analysis of Microplastics in Environmental Samples Based on μFTIR Imaging in Combination with Machine Learning. Environmental Science & Technology Letters, 9(1), 90-95 (2022).

Ritschar, S., Schirmer, E., Hufnagl, B., Löder, M., Römpp, A., Laforsch, C.: Classification of target tissues of Eisenia fetida using sequential multimodal chemical analysis and machine learning. Histochemistry and Cell Biology, 157(2), 127-137 (2022).

Diller, J., Drescher, S., Hofmann, M., Rabus, M., Feldhaar, H., Laforsch, C.: The Beauty is a beast: Does leachate from the invasive terrestrial plant Impatiens glandulifera affect aquatic food webs?. Ecology and Evolution, 12(4) (2022).

Ramsperger, A., Jasinski, J., Völkl, M., Witzmann, T., Meinhart, M., Jérôme, V., Kretschmer, W., Freitag, R., Senker, J., Fery, A., Kress, H., Scheibel, T., Laforsch, C.: Supposedly identical microplastic particles substantially differ in their material properties influencing particle-cell interactions and cellular responses. Journal of Hazardous Materials, 425, 127961 (2022).

Schwarzer, M., Brehm, J., Vollmer, M., Jasinski, J., Xu, C., Zainuddin, S., Fröhlich, T., Schott, M., Greiner, A., Scheibel, T., Laforsch, C.: Shape, size, and polymer dependent effects of microplastics on Daphnia magna. Journal of Hazardous Materials, 426, No. 128136 (2022).

Schrank, I., Möller, J., Imhof, H., Hauenstein, O., Zielke, F., Agarwal, S., Löder, M., Greiner, A., Laforsch, C.: Microplastic sample purification methods : Assessing detrimental effects of purification procedures on specific plastic types. Science of the Total Environment, 833, No. 154824 (2022).

Brehm, J., Wilde, M., Reiche, L., Leitner, L., Petran, B., Meinhart, M., Wieland, S., Ritschar, S., Schott, M., Boos, J., Frei, S., Kress, H., Senker, J., Greiner, A., Fröhlich, T., Laforsch, C.: In-depth characterization revealed polymer type and chemical content specific effects of microplastic on Dreissena bugensis. Journal of Hazardous Materials, 437, 129351 (2022).


Steibl, S., Laforsch, C.: The importance of the Maldives as a wintering ground for migratory birds of the Central Asian flyway. Journal of Asian Ornithology, 37, 80-87 (2021).

Kernchen, S., Löder, M., Fischer, F., Fischer, D., Moses, S., Georgi, C., Nölscher, A., Held, A., Laforsch, C.: Airborne microplastic concentrations and deposition across the Weser River catchment. Science of the Total Environment, No. 151812 (2021).

Mitterwallner, V., Suci, A., Zamani, N., Lenz, M.: Exposure to moderately elevated temperatures changes food preferences in the tropical marine herbivore Haliotis squamata. Marine Biology, 168(7), No. 110 (2021).

Möller, J., Heisel, I., Satzger, A., Cseperke Vizsolyi, E., Oster, S., Agarwal, S., Laforsch, C., Löder, M.: Tackling the Challenge of Extracting Microplastics from Soils : A Protocol to Purify Soil Samples for Spectroscopic Analysis. Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry, (2021).

Laermanns, H., Lehmann, M., Klee, M., Löder, M., Gekle, S., Bogner, C.: Tracing the horizontal transport of microplastics on rough surfaces. Microplastics and Nanoplastics, 1, No. 11 (2021).

Steibl, S., Franke, J., Laforsch, C.: Tourism and urban development as drivers for invertebrate diversity loss on tropical islands. Royal Society Open Science, 8(10), No. 210411 (2021).

Meides, N., Menzel, T., Pötzschner, B., Löder, M., Mansfeld, U., Strohriegl, P., Altstädt, V., Senker, J.: Reconstructing the Environmental Degradation of Polystyrene by Accelerated Weathering. Environmental Science & Technology, 55(12), 7930-7938 (2021).

Diel, P., Rabus, M., Laforsch, C.: Pricklier with the proper predator? Predator‐induced small‐scale changes of spinescence in Daphnia. Ecology and Evolution, 11(23), 17080-17090 (2021).

Teichert, S., Löder, M., Pyko, I., Mordek, M., Schulbert, C., Wisshak, M., Laforsch, C.: Microplastic contamination of the drilling bivalve Hiatella arctica in Arctic rhodolith beds. Scientific Reports, 11(1), No. 14574 (2021).

Trotter, B., Wilde, M., Brehm, J., Dafni, E., Aliu, A., Arnold, G., Fröhlich, T., Laforsch, C.: Long-term exposure of Daphnia magna to polystyrene microplastic (PS-MP) leads to alterations of the proteome, morphology and life-history. Science of the Total Environment, 795, No. 148822 (2021).

Weig, A., Löder, M., Ramsperger, A., Laforsch, C.: In situ Prokaryotic and Eukaryotic Communities on Microplastic Particles in a Small Headwater Stream in Germany. Frontiers in Microbiology, 12, No. 660024 (2021).

Schott, M., Sandmann, M., Cresswell, J., Becher, M., Eichner, G., Brandt, D., Halitschke, R., Krueger, S., Morlock, G., Düring, R., Vilcinskas, A., Meixner, M., Büchler, R., Brandt, A.: Honeybee colonies compensate for pesticide-induced effects on royal jelly composition and brood survival with increased brood production. Scientific Reports, 11(1), No. 62 (2021).

Prume, J., Gorka, F., Löder, M.: From sieve to microscope : An efficient technique for sample transfer in the process of microplastics' quantification. MethodsX, 8, No. 101341 (2021).

Steibl, S., Sigl, R., Bräumer, P., Clauß, V., Goddemeier, S., Hamisch, S., Lücker, D., Reiprich, L., Stegmann, L., Voigt, N., Laforsch, C.: Diversity patterns and community structure of the ground-associated macrofauna along the beach-inland transition zone of small tropical islands. Diversity, 13(8), No. 377 (2021).

Steibl, S., Laforsch, C.: Compartmentalized organization of ecological niche occupation in insular invertebrate communities. Ecology and Evolution, 11(1), 471-480 (2021).

Kumar, V., Löschel, L., Imhof, H., Löder, M., Laforsch, C.: Analysis of microplastics of a broad size range in commercially important mussels by combining FTIR and Raman spectroscopy approaches. Environmental Pollution, 269, No. 116147 (2021).

Steibl, S., Sigl, R., Blaha, S., Drescher, S., Gebauer, G., Gürkal, E., Hüftlein, F., Satzger, A., Schwarzer, M., Seidenath, D., Welfenbach, J., Zinser, R., Laforsch, C.: Allochthonous resources are less important for faunal communities on highly productive, small tropical islands. Ecology and Evolution, 11(19), 13128-13138 (2021).


Ritschar, S., Bangalore Narayana, V., Rabus, M., Laforsch, C.: Uncovering the chemistry behind inducible morphological defences in the crustacean Daphnia magna via micro-Raman spectroscopy. Scientific Reports, 10(1), No. 22408 (2020).

Ramsperger, A., Stellwag, A., Caspari, A., Fery, A., Lüders, T., Kress, H., Löder, M., Laforsch, C.: Structural Diversity in Early-Stage Biofilm Formation on Microplastics Depends on Environmental Medium and Polymer Properties. Water, 12(11), 3216 (2020).

Steibl, S., Laforsch, C.: Shell resource partitioning as a mechanism of coexistence in two co-occurring terrestrial hermit crab species. BMC Ecology, 20, No. 1 (2020).

Ritschar, S., Rabus, M., Laforsch, C.: Predator-specific inducible morphological defenses of a water flea against two freshwater predators. Journal of Morphology, 281(6), 653-661 (2020).

Dris, R., Agarwal, S., Laforsch, C.: Plastics : From a Success Story to an Environmental Problem and a Global Challenge. Global Challenges, 4(6), No. 2000026 (2020).

Pietrzak, B., Rabus, M., Religa, M., Laforsch, C., Dańko, M.: Phenotypic plasticity of senescence in Daphnia under predation impact : no ageing acceleration when the perceived risk decreases with age. Royal Society Open Science, 7(2), No. 191382 (2020).

O´Connor, J., Mahon, A., Ramsperger, A., Trotter, B., Redondo-Hasselerharm, P., Koelmans, A., Lally, H., Murphy, S.: Microplastics in Freshwater Biota : A Critical Review of Isolation, Characterization, and Assessment Methods. Global Challenges, 4(6), No. 1800118 (2020).

Diel, P., Kiene, M., Martin-Creuzburg, D., Laforsch, C.: Knowing the Enemy : Inducible Defences in Freshwater Zooplankton. Diversity, 12(4), No. 147 (2020).

Steibl, S., Spelda, J., Laforsch, C.: First record of the spirobolid Eucarlia hoffmani Golovatch & Korsós, 1992 (Diplopoda: Spirobolida: Pachybolidae) from the Maldives, Indian Ocean. Schubartiana, 9, 7-11 (2020).

Steibl, S., Ballarin, F., Nadolny, A., Laforsch, C.: First record of a wolf spider, Draposa lyrivulva (Bösenberg & Strand 1906) (Araneae: Lycosidae), from the Maldivian Islands, Indian Ocean. Acta Arachnologica, 69(2), 115-119 (2020).

Möller, J., Löder, M., Laforsch, C.: Finding Microplastics in Soils : A Review of Analytical Methods. Environmental Science & Technology, 54(4), 2078-2090 (2020).

Ramsperger, A., Narayana, V., Gross, W., Mohanraj, J., Thelakkat, M., Greiner, A., Schmalz, H., Kress, H., Laforsch, C.: Environmental exposure enhances the internalization of microplastic particles into cells. Science Advances, 6(50), eabd1211 (2020).

Piehl, S., Atwood, E., Bochow, M., Imhof, H., Franke, J., Siegert, F., Laforsch, C.: Can Water Constituents Be Used as Proxy to Map Microplastic Dispersal Within Transitional and Coastal Waters?. Frontiers in Environmental Science, 8, No. 92 (2020).


Steibl, S., Laforsch, C.: Daytime activity and habitat preferences of two sympatric hermit crab species (Decapoda: Anomura: Coenobita). Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science, 231, No. 106482 (2019).

Frei, S., Piehl, S., Gilfedder, B., Löder, M., Krutzke, J., Wilhelm, L., Laforsch, C.: Occurence of microplastics in the hyporheic zone of rivers. Scientific Reports, 9, No. 15256 (2019).

Meyer, S., Heuss, L., Feldhaar, H., Weisser, W., Gossner, M.: Land-use components, abundance of predatory arthropods, and vegetation height affect predation rates in grasslands. Agriculture, Ecosystems & Environment, 270-271, 84-92 (2019).

Otte, K., Effertz, C., Fröhlich, T., Arnold, G., Laforsch, C., von Elert, E.: Proteomic analysis in the model organism Daphnia has the potential to unravel molecular pathways involved in phenotypic changes in response to changing environmental conditions. Hydrobiologia, 846(1), 27-38 (2019).

Trotter, B., Ramsperger, A., Raab, P., Haberstroh, J., Laforsch, C.: Plastic waste interferes with chemical communication in aquatic ecosystems. Scientific Reports, 9, No. 5889 (2019).

Hufnagl, B., Steiner, D., Renner, E., Löder, M., Laforsch, C., Lohninger, H.: A methodology for the fast identification and monitoring of microplastics in environmental samples using random decision forest classifiers. Analytical Methods, 11(17), 2277-2285 (2019).

Schrank, I., Trotter, B., Dummert, J., Scholz-Böttcher, B., Löder, M., Laforsch, C.: Effects of microplastic particles and leaching additive on the life history and morphology of Daphnia magna. Environmental Pollution, 255(2), No. 113233 (2019).

Grevé, M., Bláha, S., Teuber, J., Rothmaier, M., Feldhaar, H.: The effect of ground surface rugosity on ant running speed is species-specific rather than size dependent. Insectes Sociaux, 66(3), 355-364 (2019).

Steibl, S., Laforsch, C.: Disentangling the environmental impact of different human disturbances : a case study on islands. Scientific Reports, 9(1), No. 13712 (2019).

Heuss, L., Grevé, M., Schäfer, D., Busch, V., Feldhaar, H.: Direct and indirect effects of land‐use intensification on ant communities in temperate grasslands. Ecology and Evolution, 9(7), 4013-4024 (2019).

Atwood, E., Falcieri, F., Piehl, S., Bochow, M., Matthies, M., Franke, J., Carniel, S., Sclavo, M., Laforsch, C., Siegert, F.: Coastal accumulation of microplastic particles emitted from the Po River, Northern Italy : Comparing remote sensing and hydrodynamic modelling with in situ sample collections. Marine Pollution Bulletin, 138, 561-574 (2019).

Piehl, S., Mitterwallner, V., Atwood, E., Bochow, M., Laforsch, C.: Abundance and distribution of large microplastics (1–5 mm) within beach sediments at the Po River Delta, northeast Italy. Marine Pollution Bulletin, 149, No. 110515 (2019).


Grevé, M., Hager, J., Weisser, W., Schall, P., Gossner, M., Feldhaar, H.: Effect of forest management on temperate ant communities. Ecosphere, 9(6), No. e02303 (2018).

Imhof, H., Wiesheu, A., Niessner, R., Ivleva, N., Laforsch, C.: Variation in plastic abundance at different lake beach zones - a case study. Science of the Total Environment, 613/614, 530-537 (2018).

Bieberich, J., Lauerer, M., Drachsler, M., Heinrichs, J., Müller, S., Feldhaar, H.: Species- and developmental stage-specific effects of allelopathy and competition of invasive Impatiens glandulifera on co-occurring plants. PLoS One, 13(11), No. e0205843 (2018).

Stocking, J., Laforsch, C., Sigl, R., Reidenbach, M.: The role of turbulent hydrodynamics and surface morphology on heat and mass transfer in corals. Interface : Journal of the Royal Society, 15, No. 20180448 (2018).

Weithmann, N., Möller, J., Löder, M., Piehl, S., Laforsch, C., Freitag, R.: Organic fertilizer as a vehicle for the entry of microplastic into the environment. Science Advances, 4(4) (2018).

Schmidt, L., Bochow, M., Imhof, H., Oswald, S.: Multi-temporal surveys for microplastic particles enabled by a novel and fast application of SWIR imaging spectroscopy : Study of an urban watercourse traversing the city of Berlin, Germany. Environmental Pollution, 239, 579-589 (2018).

Piehl, S., Leibner, A., Löder, M., Dris, R., Bogner, C., Laforsch, C.: Identification and quantification of macro- and microplastics on an agricultural farmland. Scientific Reports, 8, No. 17950 (2018).

Jaganmohan, M., Vailshery, L., Mundoli, S., Nagendra, H.: Biodiversity in sacred urban spaces of Bengaluru, India. Urban Forestry & Urban Greening, 32, 64-70 (2018).


Schott, M., Bischoff, G., Eichner, G., Vilcinskas, A., Büchler, R., Meixner, M., Brandt, A.: Temporal dynamics of whole body residues of the neonicotinoid insecticide imidacloprid in live or dead honeybees. Scientific Reports, 7(1) (2017).

Imhof, H., Sigl, R., Brauer, E., Feyl, S., Giesemann, P., Klink, S., Leupolz, K., Löder, M., Löschel, L., Missun, J., Muszynski, S., Ramsperger, A., Schrank, I., Speck, S., Steibl, S., Trotter, B., Winter, I., Laforsch, C.: Spatial and temporal variation of macro-, meso- and microplastic abundance on a remote coral island of the Maldives, Indian Ocean. Marine Pollution Bulletin, 116(1/2), 340-347 (2017).

Primpke, S., Imhof, H., Piehl, S., Lorenz, C., Löder, M., Laforsch, C., Gerdts, G.: Mikroplastik in der Umwelt. Chemie in unserer Zeit, 51(6), 402-412 (2017).

Drakulić, S., Feldhaar, H., Lisičić, D., Mioč, M., Cizelj, I., Seiler, M., Spatz, T., Rödel, M.: Local differences of thermal preferences in European common frog (Rana temporaria Linnaeus, 1758) tadpoles. Zoologischer Anzeiger, 268, 47-54 (2017).

Fischer, J., Schoppmann, K., Laforsch, C.: Life History Responses and Feeding Behavior of Microcrustacea in Altered Gravity : Applicability in Bioregenerative Life Support Systems (BLSS). Microgravity Science and Technology, 29(3), 241-249 (2017).

Fischer, J., Laforsch, C.: The influence of gravity and light on locomotion and orientation of Heterocypris incongruens and Notodromas onacha (Crustacea, Ostracoda). npj Microgravity, (4), No. 3 (2017).

Bagheri, A., Laforsch, C., Greiner, A., Agarwal, S.: Fate of So-Called Biodegradable Polymers in Seawater and Freshwater. Global Challenges, 1(4), No. 1700048 (2017).

Löder, M., Imhof, H., Ladehoff, M., Löschel, L., Lorenz, C., Mintenig, S., Piehl, S., Primpke, S., Schrank, I., Laforsch, C., Gerdts, G.: Enzymatic purification of microplastics in environmental samples. Environmental Science & Technology, 51(24), 14283-14292 (2017).

Imhof, H., Rusek, J., Thiel, M., Wolinska, J., Laforsch, C.: Do microplastic particles affect Daphnia magna at the morphological, life history and molecular level?. PLoS One, 12(11), e0187590 (2017).

De Backer, L., Bawin, T., Schott, M., Gillard, L., Markó, I., Francis, F., Verheggen, F.: Betraying its presence : identification of the chemical signal released by Tuta absoluta-infested tomato plants that guide generalist predators toward their prey. Arthropod-Plant Interactions, 11(2), 111-120 (2017).


Imhof, H., Laforsch, C.: Hazardous or not - Are adult and juvenile individuals of Potamopyrgus antipodarum affected by non-buoyant microplastic particles?. Environmental Pollution, 218, 383-391 (2016).

Sigl, R., Steibl, S., Laforsch, C.: The role of vision for navigation in the crown-of-thorns seastar, Acanthaster planci. Scientific Reports, 6, No. 30834 (2016).

Hepp, J., Rabus, M., Anhäuser, T., Bromm, T., Laforsch, C., Sirocko, F., Glaser, B., Zech, M.: A sugar biomarker proxy for assessing terrestial versus aquatic sedimentary input. Organic Geochemistry, 98, 98-104 (2016).

Herzog, Q., Tittgen, C., Laforsch, C.: Predator-specific reversibility of morphological defenses in Daphnia barbata. Journal of Plankton Research, 38(4), 771-780 (2016).

Imhof, H., Laforsch, C., Wiesheu, A., Schmid, J., Anger, P., Niessner, R., Ivleva, N.: Pigments and plastic in limnetic ecosystems : A qualitative and quantitative study on microparticles of different size classes. Water Research, 98, 64-74 (2016).

Sigl, R., Laforsch, C.: The Influence of Water Currents on Movement Patterns on Sand in the Crown-of-Thorns Seastar (Acanthaster cf. solaris). Diversity, 8(4), No. 25 (2016).

Herzog, Q., Rabus, M., Wolfschoon Ribeiro, B., Laforsch, C.: Inducible Defenses with a "Twist" : Daphnia barbata Abandons Bilateral Symmetry in Response to an Ancient Predator. PLoS One, 11(2), e0148556 (2016).

Knie, M., Schoppmann, K., Eck, H., Wolfschoon Ribeiro, B., Laforsch, C.: The "Daphnia" Lynx Mark I suborbital flight experiment : Hardware qualification at the Drop Tower Bremen. Microgravity Science and Technology, 28(3), 345-349 (2016).

Orsini, L., Gilbert, D., Podicheti, R., Jansen, M., Brown, J., Solari, O., Spanier, K., Colbourne, J., Rush, D., Decaestecker, E., Asselmann, J., de Schamphelaere, K., Ebert, D., Haag, C., Kvist, J., Laforsch, C., Petrusek, A., Beckermann, A., Little, T., Chaturvedi, A., Pfrender, M., de Meester, L., Frilander, M.: Daphnia magna transcriptome by RNA-Seq across 12 environmental stressors. Scientific Data, 3, No. 160030 (2016).


Tollrian, R., Duggen, S., Weiss, L., Laforsch, C., Kopp, M.: Density-dependent adjustment of inducible defenses. Scientific Reports, 5, No. 12736 (2015).

Eich, A., Mildenberger, T., Laforsch, C., Weber, M.: Biofilm and diatom succession on polyethylene (PE) and biodegradable plastic bags in two marine habitats : early signs of degradation in the pelagic and benthic zone?. PLoS One, 10(9), e0137201 (2015).

Dris, R., Imhof, H., Sanchez, W., Gasperi, J., Galgani, F., Tassin, B., Laforsch, C.: Beyond the ocean : Contamination of freshwater ecosystems with (micro-) plastic particles. Environmental Chemistry, 12(5), 32 (2015).

Fischer, J., Schoppmann, K., Knie, M., Laforsch, C.: Responses of microcrustaceans to simulated microgravity (2D-clinorotation) : preliminary assessments for the development of Bioregenerative Life Support Systems (BLSS). Microgravity Science and Technology, 28(3), 337-344 (2015).

Otte, K., Schrank, I., Fröhlich, T., Arnold, G., Laforsch, C.: Interclonal proteomic responses to predator exposure in Daphnia magna may depend on predator composition of habitats. Molecular Ecology, 24(15), 3901-3917 (2015).

Trotter, B., Otte, K., Schoppmann, K., Hemmersbach, R., Fröhlich, T., Arnold, G., Laforsch, C.: The influence of simulated microgravity on the proteome of Daphnia magna. npj Microgravity, 1, No. 15016 (2015).

Weiss, L., Leese, F., Laforsch, C., Tollrian, R.: Dopamine is a key regulator in the signalling pathway underlying predator-induced defences in Daphnia. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 282(1816), No. 20151440 (2015).

Schott, M., Klein, B., Vilcinskas, A.: Detection of Illicit Drugs by Trained Honeybees (Apis mellifera). PLoS One, 10(6), Art.Nr. e0128528 (2015).


Feiner, M., Laforsch, C., Letzel, T., Geist, J.: Sublethal effects of the beta-blocker sotalol at environmentally relevant concentrations on the New Zealand mudsnail Potamopyrgus antipodarum. Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry, 33(11), 2510-2515 (2014).

Otte, K., Fröhlich, T., Arnold, G., Laforsch, C.: Proteomic analysis of Daphnia magna hints at molecular pathways involved in defensive plastic responses. BMC Genomics, 15, No. 306 (2014).

Weiss, L., Laforsch, C., Ioannidou, I., Herbert, Z., Tollrian, R.: Daphnia longicephala neuropeptides : Morphological description of crustacean cardioactive peptide (CCAP) and periviscerokinins in the Ctenodaphnia central nervous system. Neuropeptides, 48(5), 287-293 (2014).


Rabus, M., Söllradl, T., Clausen-Schaumann, H., Laforsch, C.: Uncovering Ultrastructural Defences in Daphnia magna : An Interdisciplinary Approach to Assess the Predator-Induced Fortification of the Carapace. PLoS One, 8(6), e67856 (2013).

Engelbrecht, W., Hesse, O., Wolinska, J., Laforsch, C.: Two threats at once : encounters with predator cues alter host life-history and morphological responses to parasite spores. Hydrobiologia, 715(1), 93-100 (2013).

Weidlich, S., Müller, S., Hoffmann, K., Woodring, J.: Regulation of amylase, cellulase and chitinase secretion in the digestive tract of the two-spotted field cricket, Gryllus bimaculatus. Archives of Insect Biochemistry and Physiology, 83(2), 69-85 (2013).

Schott, M., Wehrenfennig, C., Gasch, T., Düring, R., Vilcinskas, A.: A portable gas chromatograph with simultaneous detection by mass spectrometry and electroantennography for the highly sensitive in situ measurement of volatiles. Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry, 405(23), 7457-7467 (2013).

Wehrenfennig, C., Schott, M., Gasch, T., Düring, R., Vilcinskas, A., Kohl, C.: On-site airborne pheromone sensing. Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry, 405(20), 6389-6403 (2013).

Sigl, R., Imhof, H., Settles, M., Laforsch, C.: A novel, non-invasive and in vivo approach to determine morphometric data in starfish. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology, 449, 1-9 (2013).

Gasch, T., Schott, M., Wehrenfennig, C., Düring, R., Vilcinskas, A.: Multifunctional weaponry : The chemical defenses of earwigs. Journal of Insect Physiology, 59(12), 1186-1193 (2013).

Herzog, Q., Laforsch, C.: Modality matters for the expression of inducible defenses : introducing a concept of predator modality. BMC Biology, 11, No. 113 (2013).

Imhof, H., Ivleva, N., Schmid, J., Niessner, R., Laforsch, C.: Contamination of beach sediments of a subalpine lake with microplastic particles. Current Biology, 23(19), R867-R868 (2013).

Wittmann, M., Gabriel, W., Harz, E., Laforsch, C., Jeschke, J.: Can Daphnia lumholtzi invade European lakes?. NeoBiota, 16, 39-57 (2013).

Wehrenfennig, C., Schott, M., Gasch, T., Meixner, D., Düring, R., Vilcinskas, A., Kohl, C.: An approach to sense pheromone concentration by pre-concentration and gas sensors. Physica Status Solidi A, 210(5), 932-937 (2013).


Weiss, L., Tollrian, R., Herbert, Z., Laforsch, C.: Morphology of the Daphnia nervous system : a comparative study on Daphnia pulex, Daphnia lumholtzi, and Daphnia longicephala. Journal of Morphology, 273(12), 1392-1405 (2012).

Wehrenfennig, C., Schott, M., Gasch, T., Sauerwald, T., Düring, R., Vilcinskas, A., Kohl, C.: Laboratory characterization of metal-oxide sensors intended for in situ analyses of pheromones : SOMMSA approach. Physica Status Solidi A, 209(5), 935-939 (2012).

Rabus, M., Waterkeyn, A., van Pottelbergh, N., Brendonck, L., Laforsch, C.: Interclonal variation, effectiveness and long-term implications of Triops-induced morphological defences in Daphnia magna Strauss. Journal of Plankton Research, 34(2), 152-160 (2012).

Hesse, O., Engelbrecht, W., Laforsch, C., Wolinska, J.: Fighting parasites and predators : How to deal with multiple threats?. BMC Ecology, 12, No. 12 (2012).

Wild, C., Laforsch, C., Mayr, C., Fuß, R., Niggl, W.: Effect of water currents on organic matter release by two scleractinian corals. Aquatic Ecology, 46(3), 335-341 (2012).

Küchler, S., Renz, P., Dettner, K., Kehl, S.: Diversity of symbiotic organs and bacterial endosymbionts among lygaeoid bugs of the families Blissidae and Lygaeidae (Hemiptera: Heteroptera: Lygaeoidea). Applied and Environmental Microbiology, 78(8), 2648-2659 (2012).

Weiss, L., Kruppert, S., Laforsch, C., Tollrian, R.: Chaoborus and Gasterosteus Anti-Predator Responses in Daphnia pulex Are Mediated by Independent Cholinergic and Gabaergic Neuronal Signals. PLoS One, 7(5), e36879 (2012).

Riessen, H., Linley, R., Altshuler, I., Rabus, M., Söllradl, T., Clausen-Schaumann, H., Laforsch, C., Yan, N., Howard, P.: Changes in water chemistry can disable plankton prey defenses. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 109(38), 15377-15382 (2012).


Duneau, D., Luijckx, P., Ben-Ami, F., Laforsch, C., Ebert, D.: Resolving the infection process reveals striking differences in the contribution of environment, genetics and phylogeny to host-parasite interactions. BMC Biology, 9, No. 11 (2011).

Yin, M., Laforsch, C., Lohr, J., Wolinska, J.: Predator-induced defence makes Daphnia more vulnerable to parasites. Evolution, 65(5), 1482-1488 (2011).

Juracka, P., Laforsch, C., Petrusek, A.: Neckteeth formation in two species of the Daphnia curvirostris complex (Crustacea: Cladocera). Journal of Limnology, 70(2), 359-368 (2011).

Rabus, M., Laforsch, C.: Growing large and bulky in the presence of the enemy : Daphnia magna switches the mode of inducible defences. Functional Ecology, 25(5), 1137-1143 (2011).

Colbourne, J., Pfrender, M., Gilbert, D., Laforsch, C.: The ecoresponsive genome of Daphnia pulex. Science, 331, 555-561 (2011).


Dietrich, S., Plößl, F., Bracher, F., Laforsch, C.: Single and combined toxicity of pharmaceuticals at environmentally relevant concentrations in Daphnia magna : A multigenerational study. Chemosphere, 79(1), 60-66 (2010).

Digali, L., Hoffmann, K., Woodring, J.: Exogenous and endogenous inhibitors of digestive enzymes in the larvae of the fall armyworm, Spodoptera frugiperda. Archives of Insect Biochemistry and Physiology, 74(2), 114-126 (2010).

Dietrich, S., Dammel, S., Bracher, F., Plößl, F., Laforsch, C.: Effects of a pharmaceutical mixture at environmentally relevant concentrations on Gammarus fossarum. Marine & Freshwater Research, 61(2), 196-203 (2010).

Lohr, J., Laforsch, C., Körner, H., Wolinska, J.: A Daphnia parasite (Caullerya mesnili) constitutes a new member of the Ichthyosporea, a group of protists near the animal-fungi divergence. Journal of Eukaryotic Microbiology, 57(4), 328-336 (2010).

Digali, L., Hoffmann, K., Woodring, J.: Control of the release of digestive enzymes in the larvae of the fall armyworm, Spodoptera frugiperda. Archives of Insect Biochemistry and Physiology, 73(1), 14-29 (2010).


Fröhlich, T., Arnold, G., Fritsch, R., Mayr, T., Laforsch, C.: LC-MS/MS-based proteome profiling in Daphnia pulex and Daphnia longicephala : The Daphnia pulex genome database as a key for high throughput proteomics in Daphnia. BMC Genomics, 10, No. 171 (2009).

Laforsch, C., Tollrian, R., Schwenk, K., Haas, A., Petrusek, A., Jung, N.: “Crown of thorns” of Daphnia : an exceptional inducible defence discovered by DNA barcoding. Communicative & Integrative Biology, 2(5), 379-381 (2009).

Petrusek, A., Tollrian, R., Schwenk, K., Haas, A., Laforsch, C.: A "crown of thorns" is an inducible defence that protects Daphnia against an ancient predator. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 106(7), 2248-2252 (2009).

Naumann, M., Niggl, W., Laforsch, C., Glaser, C., Wild, C.: Coral surface area quantification : evaluation of established methods by comparison with computer tomography. Coral Reefs, 28(1), 109-117 (2009).


Laforsch, C., Christoph, E., Glaser, C., Naumann, M., Wild, C., Niggl, W.: A precise and non-destructive method to calculate the surface area in living scleractinian corals using X-ray computed tomography and 3D modeling. Coral Reefs, 27(4), 811-820 (2008).


Tollrian, R., Laforsch, C.: Linking predator kairomones and turbulence : synergistic effects and ultimate reasons for phenotypic plasticity in Daphnia cucullata. Archiv für Hydrobiologie, 167(1-4), 135-146 (2006).

Laforsch, C., Beccara, L., Tollrian, R.: Inducible defenses : The relevance of chemical alarm cues in Daphnia. Limnology and Oceanography, 51(3), 1466-1472 (2006).

Wild, C., Laforsch, C., Huettel, M.: Detection and enumeration of microbial cells within highly porous calcareous reef sands. Marine and Freshwater Research, 57(4), 415-420 (2006).


Laforsch, C., Tollrian, R.: Inducible Defenses in Multipredator Environments : Cyclomorphosis in Daphnia cucullata. Ecology, 85(8), 2302-2311 (2004).

Laforsch, C., Tollrian, R.: Extreme helmet formation in Daphnia cucullata induced by small-scale turbulence. Journal of Plankton Research, 26(1), 81-87 (2004).

Laforsch, C., Tollrian, R.: Embryological aspects of inducible morphological defenses in Daphnia. Journal of Morphology, 262(3), 701-707 (2004).

Laforsch, C., Ngwa, W., Grill, W., Tollrian, R.: An acoustic microscopy technique reveals hidden morphological defenses in Daphnia. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 101(45), 15911-15914 (2004).


Laforsch, C., Tollrian, R.: A new preparation technique of daphnids for Scanning Electron Microscopy using hexamethyldisilazane. Archiv für Hydrobiologie, 149(4), 587-596 (2000).


Agrawal, A., Laforsch, C., Tollrian, R.: Transgenerational induction of defences in animals and plants. Nature, 401(6748), 60-63 (1999).

Books and Book sections


Jeschke, J., Laforsch, C., Diel, P., Diller, J., Horstmann, M., Tollrian, R.: Predation. In: Reference Module in Earth Systems and Environmental Sciences. - Amsterdam : Elsevier, 2021.


Sandu, C., Takacs, E., Suaria, G., Borgogno, F., Laforsch, C., Löder, M., Tweehuysen, G., Florea, L.: Society Role in the Reduction of Plastic Pollution. In: Friederike Stock, Georg Reifferscheid, Nicole Brennholt, Evgeniia Kostianaia (eds.): Handbook of Environmental Chemistry : Plastics in the Aquatic Environment. Part II. Stakeholders Role against Pollution. - Cham : Springer Nature, 2020. - 39-65.

Stock, F., Narayana, V., Scherer, C., Löder, M., Brennholt, N., Laforsch, C., Reifferscheid, G.: Pitfalls and Limitations in Microplastic Analyses. In: Friederike Stock, Georg Reifferscheid, Nicole Brennholt, Evgeniia Kostianaia (eds.): Plastics in the Aquatic Environment. Part I. Current Status and Challenges. - Berlin : Springer, 2020. - 13-42.

Laforsch, C., Ramsperger, A., Mondellini, S., Galloway, T.: Microplastics : A Novel Suite of Environmental Contaminants but Present for Decades. In: Franz-Xaver Reichl, Michael Schwenk (eds.): Regulatory Toxicology. - Berlin : Springer, 2020. - 1-26.


Dris, R., Imhof, H., Löder, M., Gasperi, J., Laforsch, C., Tassin, B.: Microplastic Contamination in Freshwater Systems : Methodological Challenges, Occurrence and Sources. In: Eddy Y. Zeng (eds.): Microplastic Contamination in Aquatic Environments. - Amsterdam : Elsevier, 2018. - 51-93.

Feldhaar, H., Schauer, B.: Dispersal of Saproxylic Insects. In: Michael D. Ulyshen (eds.): Saproxylic Insects. - Cham : Springer, 2018. - 515-546.

Knie, M., Wolfschoon Ribeiro, B., Fischer, J., Schmitz, B., Van Damme, K., Hemmersbach, R., Häder, D., Laforsch, C.: Approaches to Assess the Suitability of Zooplankton for Bioregenerative Life Support Systems. In: Thais Russomano, Lucas Rehnberg (eds.): Into Space : A Journey of How Humans Adapt and Live in Microgravity. - London : IntechOpen, 2018. - 171-207.


Wendt-Potthoff, K., Imhof, H., Wagner, M., Primpke, S., Fischer, D., Scholz-Böttcher, B., Laforsch, C.: Mikroplastik in Binnengewässern. In: Handbuch Angewandte Limnologie : Grundlagen ‐ Gewässerbelastung ‐ Restaurierung ‐ Aquatische Ökotoxikologie ‐ Bewertung ‐ Gewässerschutz. - Weinheim : 2017. - 1-35.

Lott, C., Eich, A., Pauli, N., Mildenberger, T., Laforsch, C., Petermann, J., Lasut, M., Weber, M.: Marine Fate of Biodegradable Plastic-Substitution Potential and Ecological Impacts. In: Proceedings of the International Conference on Microplastic Pollution in the Mediterranean Sea. - Cham : Springer, 2017. - 195-197.


Schott, M., Wehrenfennig, C., Gasch, T., Vilcinskas, A.: Insect Antenna-Based Biosensors for In Situ Detection of Volatiles. In: Yellow Biotechnology II. - Berlin ; Heidelberg : Springer, 2013. - 101-122.


Weiss, L., Laforsch, C., Tollrian, R.: The taste of predation and the defences of prey. In: Brönmark, Christer ; Hansson, Lars-Anders (Hrsg.): Chemical ecology in aquatic systems. - Oxford : Oxford Univ. Press, 2012. - 111-126.

Laforsch, C., Imhof, H., Sigl, R., Heß, M., Settles, M., Wanninger, A.: Applications of computed 3D-modeling in organismal biology. In: Alexandru, Catalin (Hrsg.): Modeling and Simulation in Engineering. - Rijeka : InTech, 2012. - 117-142.


Laforsch, C., Tollrian, R.: Cyclomorphosis and Phenotypic Changes. In: Encyclopedia of Inland Waters. - Amsterdam : ScienceDirect, 2009. - 643-650.


Niggl, W., Glas, M., Laforsch, C., Mayr, C., Wild, C.: First evidence of coral bleaching stimulating organic matter release by reef corals. In: Proceedings of the 11th International Coral Reef Symposium. - Dania Beach, Fla. : National Coral Reef Institute, 2008. - 905-910.

Jeschke, J., Laforsch, C., Tollrian, R.: Animal Prey Defenses. In: Encyclopedia of Ecology. - Amsterdam : Elsevier, 2008. - 189-194.

Other publications


Schauer, B.: Saproxylic insects in tree hollows : drivers of diversity, dispersal and food web structure. - Bayreuth: 2022. - 251 p.
(Thesis, 2022, Universität Bayreuth, Bayreuther Graduiertenschule für Mathematik und Naturwissenschaften - BayNAT)


Bellinvia, S.: Disentangling host-parasite and male-female coevolutionary effects on host fitness. - Bayreuth: 2021. - 120 p.
(Thesis, 2021, Universität Bayreuth, Bayreuther Graduiertenschule für Mathematik und Naturwissenschaften - BayNAT)

Steibl, S.: Atoll islands as ecosystem replicates : Organization of biodiversity and environmental impact of different human land uses. - Bayreuth: 2021. - 180 p.
(Thesis, 2021, Universität Bayreuth, Bayreuther Graduiertenschule für Mathematik und Naturwissenschaften - BayNAT)


Piehl, S.: Contamination of the environment with plastic debris : “Development, improvement, and evaluation of monitoring methods”. - Bayreuth: 2020. - VIII, 211 p.
(Thesis, 2020, Universität Bayreuth, Bayreuther Graduiertenschule für Mathematik und Naturwissenschaften - BayNAT)


Otti, O., Deines, P., Hammerschmidt, K., Reinhardt, K.: Do Bacteria Change Their Language When They Enter the Body Through Wounds? : Answers From Bedbug Experiments. Frontiers for Young Minds, 2019-01-28


Imhof, H., Schmid, J., Ivleva, N., Laforsch, C.: A novel, highly efficient method for the quantification of plastic particles in sediments of aquatic environments. Limnology and Oceanography : Methods, (10), 524-537 (2012).


Kundu, T., Ngwa, W., Knauth, S., Laforsch, C., Grill, W.: Precision measurement of acoustic reflectivity for a scanning acoustic microscope that measures amplitude and phase : applicability in biology. - (Speech), SPIE 5394, Health Monitoring and Smart Nondestructive Evaluation of Structural and Biological Systems III, 21 July 2004, .

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